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Senate fails to defend multiculturalism: Greens

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Richard Di Natale 20 Sep 2012

Senate fails to defend multiculturalism: Greens

The ALP and Coalition today voted in the Senate against a motion to reject the hateful anti-Muslim views of Geert Wilders.

“Today provided an opportunity to senators of all parties to take a stand in defence of multiculturalism – sadly many failed to do so,” said Senator Di Natale.

“In the context of recent events I find it staggering that either party would fail to reject the characterisation of the Muslim culture as retarded and barbaric

“The Coalition failed to condemn Senator Cory Bernardi’s support for Mr Wilders. It was only last year that Senator Bernardi invited Mr Wilders to Australia and offered to help facilitate his visit.

“Obviously the Coalition is happy for Senator Bernardi to continue freelancing on this issue from the backbench.”

The text of the motion is as follows:

Notice of Motion
Geert Wilders
Senator Richard Di Natale

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move: -
That the Senate:
(a) notes the contribution to Australia's vibrant multicultural society by citizens of all cultures and religions;
(b) condemns anyone who vilifies any cultural or religious group;
(c) notes
i) the application by Dutch politician Geert Wilders to visit Australia to speak against multiculturalism and Muslim immigration;
ii) with alarm his public statements describing Muslim culture as retarded and barbaric and comparing the Koran to Mein Kampf;
(d) calls on all members of the Australian Parliament to reject the hateful anti-Muslim views of Wilders and his Australian sponsors.

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