New senator’s inaugural speech on racism, White Australia policy slammed

The inaugural speech made by Senator Fraser Anning in the Australian Senate on Tuesday night has been met with widespread condemnation, including by the Labor Party in NSW.

Acting NSW Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism Jihad Dib spoke at the first available opportunity in the NSW Parliament to reiterate that condemnation on behalf of NSW Labor and NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley, Mr Dib described Senator Anning’s speech as racist and divisive and specifically condemned Senator Anning’s use of language strongly associated with Nazis – invoking one of the darkest periods in human history.

In his role as Acting Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism, Mr Dib called on the NSW Parliament to reaffirm its support for a non-discriminatory immigration policy and to actively call out divisive so-called ‘dog whistle’ politics.

Mr Dib also thanked Members of Parliament from different sides of politics who had come forward to defend multiculturalism and condemn Senator Anning’s speech.

Mr Dib, the state’s first lower house Islamic MP, used his own inaugural speech in May 2015 to speak of his own family’s migrant history, his pride in and appreciation of the multicultural success of Australia but he also warned of threats of intolerance and ignorance.

Mr Foley on Wednesday confirmed that Labor will refuse to preference One Nation, and other candidates who promote racially discriminating migration polices, at the 2019 NSW election.

Mr Foley has challenged Gladys Berejiklian and John Barilaro to make the same commitment on behalf of the Liberal and National parties.

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