Sydney conference speaker demands Islamic state 

ABC News 

A speaker at a conference in Sydney's south-west says a revolution or a civil war may be necessary in order to create an Islamic state, or caliphate. 

The meeting has been organised by the controversial Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned in several countries overseas. 

A number of politicians have called for the group to be banned here. One of today's speakers, Ashraf Doureihi, told the audience action needs to be taken to ensure an Islamic state is created. 

"It is important... [to move] collectively in the Muslim world to demand this change from such influential people in our lands, even if it means spilling onto the streets to create a revolution or staging a military coup," he said. 

Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Wassim Doureihi has told the audience a number of speakers will address the meeting today and discuss ways of establishing an Islamic super-state.  

"As we were here today, what is at stake is not just the destiny of the Muslim world but indeed the whole of mankind," he said. The conference runs all day. 

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