We wonder how many Muslims are living in the Division of Paterson. Thousands? Millions?
According to the 2001 ABS figures updated in 2003, the number of Muslims in the Hunter region which roughly corresponds to the Division of Paterson is 985. Let’s assume around half are women. Most of those women live in metropolitan Newcastle/Lake Macquarie. Only a small part of metropolitan Newcastle is in Paterson.
Assuming that based on a proportion of figures for areas of Sydney with a high Muslim population maybe half a dozen of those wear face covering (not “burqas”) we are talking about SIX WOMEN.
Assuming that these women probably live in Newcastle rather than in the rural and coastal areas which make up Paterson we are looking at NO WOMEN.
So old Bob is fired up against something which does not exist. Then again he is a believer…