Thursday, 25 February 2021
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. In an extreme act of violence, an Aboriginal woman and her baby were attacked by a Nazi with a flamethrower this week. Why hasn't the Prime Minister had anything to say about this?
I thank Senator Thorpe for her question. I am aware of an investigation by the WA Police Force into a reported assault. I have heard media commentary along the lines of that which you have described, Senator Thorpe. Let me make very clear: if those facts are true, then, of course, they are to be completely and utterly condemned. They are shameful. All forms of hatred and division are unacceptable and should be condemned, and I have no doubt—
The minister has been speaking for 39 seconds. He was directly discussing the first part of the question, which I think is directly relevant. I have allowed you to restate the second part of the question, but I believe he is being directly relevant by addressing the facts you outlined for context to your question.
The government rejects extremism in all of its forms, including right-wing extremism or any other. Our increase in funding and support for agencies, such as ASIO, to be able to respond to extremism enables the security agencies, as they have done, to identify the rise in different types of extremism, including the rise in right-wing extremism. The government has funded the agencies to do that work, because we know that it needs effective law enforcement and intelligence activities to respond to it. That's why we have taken that action. That's why we support the work of our agencies. We'll continue to do so, regardless of whatever type of extremism it relates to.