House debates

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Statements by Members

Anning, Senator Fraser

1:51 pm

Photo of Luke GoslingLuke Gosling (Solomon, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Like others, I want to rise and condemn in the strongest possible terms some of the disgusting and divisive commentary we've heard from our colleagues in the other place. It is incomprehensible in this day and age in our wonderful multicultural country, our proud nation, which is made up of people who have, apart from the First Nations, come from all over the world to join us here. It was also disappointing to hear that that commentary has been backed up by the leader of that particular party.

I don't want to give them any more oxygen, but I say to all Australians, to all sons and daughters under the Southern Cross: no matter where you come from, when you sign up and become an Australian, when you come to contribute to our great nation, you are welcome. From the people I represent in Darwin and Palmerston in the Northern Territory, a wonderful multicultural place, we condemn these words from that senator and hope that those opposite do the same.