Monday, 21 June 2021
I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1137.
I move the motion as amended:
That the Senate calls on the Federal Government to reject critical race theory from the national curriculum.
Critical race theory is predicated on the belief that the laws and institutions of our nation are inherently racist. This theory is patently false, discredited and without any basis in fact. The national curriculum, which is open for consultation, is agreed by consensus between the Commonwealth and all state and territory education ministers. The federal government will reject any changes to the national curriculum that would give effect to critical race theory within the curriculum.
It looks like Senator Hanson has been watching a little bit too much of Fox News and Sky News lately. It's hard to imagine she knows much about critical race theory. But know this: we will not stop fighting against systemic racism. We will not stop fighting for people who are marginalised and discriminated against every single day. No matter how much Murdoch media rubbish you regurgitate here and how much you bring in your petty attacks, you will not stop us. You can jump up and down in here with your hate filled stunts, but out there on the streets, tens of thousands of people are marching against systemic racism. Shame on this government for voting for this motion, because that's what it looks like it's going to do. You will be condoning racism and you will be condoning far-Right politics. Murdoch media mouthpieces in here will not dampen our anti-racism movement; in fact, it will strengthen it.
Labor will oppose the motion. It is longstanding practice that the Australian Curriculum—the national curriculum—is developed by education experts, not by senators and not by motions in the Senate.