House debates

Wednesday, 15 August 2018



9:31 am

Photo of Bill ShortenBill Shorten (Maribyrnong, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave for the Leader of the Opposition to move the following motion at 10.30 am today:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges the historic action of the Holt government with bipartisan support from the Australian Labor Party in initiating the dismantling of the White Australia Policy;

(2) recognises that since 1973 successive Labor and Liberal-National party governments have with bipartisan support pursued a racially non-discriminatory immigration policy to the overwhelming national and international benefit of Australia; and

(3) gives its unambiguous and unqualified commitment to the principle that, whatever criteria are applied by Australian governments in exercising their sovereign right to determine the composition of the immigration intake, race, faith or ethnic origin shall never explicitly or implicitly be among them.

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