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Editor's note: The original version of this story stated Lisa Chesters believed Cr Chapman had breached the council code of conduct. This was incorrect. All comments made by Ms Chesters were in relation to Australia citizenship ceremonies only.
but said she had been distressed by the handling of the situation by some.
"I think it's sad that many residents are afraid to publicly voice their concerns for fear of being labelled racists and bigots."
Ms Edwards backed the comments, saying the media had fuelled the flames of a select minority of protesters.
She questioned how Cr Chapman could attend Australian citizenship ceremonies in Bendigo and say that "one religion was not welcome".
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However Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan, Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards and Federal Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters agreed that while freedom of speech was a democratic right, there was a responsibility that came with being a community leader.
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"It's not okay to be a bigot and people have the right to live free," she said.
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"We need to make sure we both listen to our community's concerns and aspirations but take the responsibility for leading the community," she said.
BENDIGO leaders say they will not tolerate bigotry, especially from fellow Hermes Bag New Collection community representatives, as councillor Elise Chapman remained steadfast in her comments about not "being a fan" of Islam.
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Ms Chesters and said she expected better of her fellow community representative.
''During City of Greater Bendigo ceremonies, our mayor reads the following to the audience: 'Australia has a commitment to various values and institutions. These include parliamentary democracy, equality before the law, freedom of the individual, freedom of speech and religion, equality between men and women, and equality of opportunity for all. Citizenship also brings civil and social rights the right to express your cultural heritage and beliefs, coupled with a responsibility to accept the rights of others to express their heritage and beliefs'.
up for these values. They define who we are as a nation and as a community.''
She went on to say that the phone calls and emails of support she had received had been overwhelming and thanked everyone for recognising that her job wasn't an easy one.
"My comments about not being a fan of Islam stand, although it must be noted I'm not a fan of many things," she said.
''It is so disappointing that this week, one of our local councillors forgot or chose to ignore these words and the citizenship affirmation we all take at the end of these ceremonies.
mosque in Bendigo, reiterated she was not a racist and said people should not be made to feel so if they shared their opinions.
Ms Chesters said she had been heartened by the response of the majority of Bendigo residents, who had spoken out against the anti Islam campaign that hit Bendigo in recent days.
"The people of Bendigo have every right to object to the application for a mosque without being labeled a racist or bigot.
"The reality is though that most people in Bendigo are respectful and tolerant of all people."
"My comment that I wouldn't want to live next door to a mosque, also stands.
"This baffles me and it comes down to education and sending the right message to our community," she said.
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