House debates

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Statements by Members


1:57 pm

Photo of Anne AlyAnne Aly (Cowan, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

It is not okay to adopt white supremacist neo-Nazi mantras in this parliament. It is not okay for 23 members of the Morrison government to endorse white supremacism in this parliament. Those opposite either are too lazy or just don't have the nous to actually research what the phrase 'it's okay to be white' means, so I did it for them, because I'm that kind of gal.

The slogan was spread by neo-Nazis and white supremacists, including the Ku Klux Klan's David Duke. It was used in 2001 in the title of a song by the white-power music group Aggressive Force. It has been used in fliers since 2005 and by Klan groups on Twitter since 2012. And it was used in a poster campaign to convert white Americans to the far right. Earlier this year, my office received one of those posters. It wasn't a nice little gesture of solidarity against racism, which is probably how this Attorney-General would have interpreted it; it was a targeted and sinister message.

Instead of joining Labor to condemn this silly motion and what can only be described as another 'look at me' stunt by Pauline Hanson and One Nation, the leaders in this government instead issued a mealy-mouthed statement because they're embarrassed by their own muppet show that continues to let down Australians and fails to represent a modern multicultural Australia.

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

The member for Cowan will resume her seat.