Muslims in Sydney cop 3x the abuse of all other Aussies

A SURVEY of nearly 600 Muslims in Sydney has found they experience discrimination and abuse at a rate that's three-times higher than all other Australians.

Despite this, 86% of those surveyed felt that relations were friendly between Muslims and non-Muslims in Australia.

The survey was commissioned by Western Sydney University, the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy Australia and Charles Sturt University. It will be presented to the Australiasian Conference on Islam on Monday.

Professor Kevin Dunn of Western Sydney University told Fairfax Media the survey showed "the ordinariness of the Muslim experience and aspiration in Australia".

"Counter to what people might mistakenly believe from media coverage and a lot of debate and commentary, the vast majority of Muslims are very ordinary Australians," he told Sydney Morning Herald.

The survey found nearly two-thirds of those surveyed had been subjected to racism.

One in 10 said they had those experienced "often or very often".

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