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Parliament No Place for Hatred and Bigotry

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Thursday, 15 September 2016

Tags: Multicultural Affairs, Discrimination, Children, Freedom of Speech

That the House:—

(1)           Condemns the dangerous, divisive and hate prompting maiden speech delivered by Queensland One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson on 14 September 2016 in the Senate.

(2)           Understands that Senator Hanson used her now all too familiar speech to wage a Parliamentary and verbal attack on multiculturalism in Australia, with a claim the country is being “swamped” by Muslims.

(3)           Notes that:—

(a)           Senator Hanson’s attack on the Muslim community went so far as to even target children by singling out Islamic schools and mother’s receiving government support, stating payments should only be received for the first child;

(b)           while a democratic society provides for all the freedom of speech, the racist rant delivered by Senator Hanson has no place in Australia’s Parliament, or community; and

(c)           no Parliamentarian or community leader should ever stand by and allow minority or community groups to be singled out and vilified.

(4)           Commends the Australian Greens Senators for their stance and choice to walk out on hatred and negativity.

(5)           Further notes that Members of Parliament, in particular, need to be aware and supporting of everyone’s right to live, work and study in the multicultural, respectful, and fair-go society that Australia has become so well regarded for.

(6)           Calls for a tripartisan commitment by all Members to stand up and stand against hatred, bigotry, and divisive vitriol and to speak out against the use of the Houses of Parliament to wage cultural war.