House debates

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Statements by Members

Iran: Human Rights

1:48 pm

Photo of David GillespieDavid Gillespie (Lyne, National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Women in Iran have risen up against the Iranian regime, protesting the cruel death of Mahsa Amini on 16 September. This poor 22-year-old lady's only crime was not wearing the hijab. Australia condemns the Iranian regime's response, which so far has killed 342 people, including 43 children and 26 women. There have been over 15,000 people arrested. Forty foreigners have also been arrested. The overreach of the morality police is extending each day. The kidnapping of Iranian women has been attempted in the UK by spies of the Iranian regime. The power of the powerless is taking on a very oppressive Iranian republic regime, who've suppressed any sign of dissent from 2009 to 2019. But this time I think they've met their match. This is such an unjustifiable crackdown that the people of Iran are calling for more than reform; they want regime change, all because of the overreach of a theocracy that is very repressive. The people in my electorate have also supported this. A lot of Iranians live in Australia, and they are rising up and have called for us to do more. So I say: we've heard your voice and will—

Photo of Sharon ClaydonSharon Claydon (Newcastle, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Thank you. The member for Boothby.