Senate debates

Wednesday, 3 April 2019


Anning, Senator Fraser; Censure

11:33 am

Photo of Sarah Hanson-YoungSarah Hanson-Young (SA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

If anyone ever wondered why this man should not be in this place and why this censure motion should go ahead, they've just heard it. You are a disgrace. Don't smile at me. Don't smile at the rest of us. People lost their lives, and you think it's a joke. You think it's a joke. What an absolute disgrace. He has no right to have the privilege to stand in this place and spout that hatred and that racism, and to be an apologist for terrorism and for murder. He is not fit to represent Australians in this place. He's not fit to be able to stand here, with the privileges that the role of senator comes with, and feed hate, division and horror.

We know where this leads because we've seen it. We saw it on 15 March in New Zealand. We know where it leads, because we've heard the names of the 50 people who died. This man—I'm not even going to call him 'Senator Anning', because he doesn't deserve it—has come in here and doubled down. He must be suspended. He does not deserve another moment of privilege in this place. He is not fit to represent the Australian people. He is not fit to call himself Australian. He is not us.


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