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Motion to condemn Senator Bernardi


I give notice that on 14 September 2011 I shall move: -

That the Senate:

  1. Condemns the personal invitation by Senator Cory Bernardi to racist Dutch politician Geert Wilders to visit Australia.
  2. Calls on Senator Bernardi to withdraw that invitation; or, if not, for the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, to intervene.
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Greens condemn return to White Australia thinking

Greens’ multicultural spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, has condemned Immigration Department’s advice about onshore processing.

“The Immigration Department’s advice that onshore processing is a threat to social harmony is a return to White Australia thinking,” said Senator Di Natale.

“You could be forgiven for thinking it was an archived policy document from the 1950s.”

The Senator is calling for the government to see past this backward advice and instead remind the community that there are no second class citizens in this country.

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Greens call for Abbott to take action on Bernardi

Greens Senator and spokesperson for Multiculturalism, Richard Di Natale, is calling for Tony Abbott to take urgent action in response to Senator Cory Bernardi’s most recent indiscretion.

Senator Bernardi has admitted that he offered to provide assistance to Geert Wilders, a known extremist who expresses anti-Muslim and anti-immigration sentiments.

“This is inconsistent with the expectations the community have of their representatives,” said Senator Di Natale.

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First day on the job

Senator Di Natale's first day was spent productively, divided between engaging with media interest in the change of balance in power in the Senate, and setting up a new office. As the Senator prepares to take up his seat in Parliament on Monday the 5th, he spoke with Radio National's The National Interest and outlined some of his experiences and priorities.

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Multiculturalism must be defended - Greens National Council

The Federal Member for Melbourne Greens MP Adam Bandt joined Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Deputy Leader Senator Christine Milne and Senator Rachel Siewert today to announce a Greens National Council resolution backing multiculturalism.

The Greens National Council a key decision making body of the Australian Greens party is meeting in Melbourne this weekend.

The resolution reaffirms the Australian Greens support for multiculturalism and a non-discriminatory immigration policy and rejects the Coalition's use of multiculturalism as a political football.

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Motion to support SBS


Senator BOB BROWN (Tasmania-Leader of the Australian Greens) (3.50 pm)-I, and also on behalf of Senator Ludlam, move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes:

(i) the unique national broadcasting service that the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS) provides to the Australian community,

(ii) the invaluable role that the SBS plays in promoting a multicultural Australia and the services it provides to Australians from non-English speaking backgrounds, and

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Question to AFP on surveillance of ethnic communities

Question No. 83

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 20 October 2008:

In relation to the surveillance of ethnic communities:

a) can you provide details of funds allocated to investigations into the activities of Australians abroad (eg the investigations that have taken place into the activities of Australians in Somalia) for the last financial year

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