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Abbott must condemn Senator Bernardi's hateful views

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Richard Di Natale 6 Jan 2014

Acting Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, today called for Tony Abbott to condemn Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi's views after the release of his new book containing hateful and offensive statements. “The Greens condemn Cory Bernardi’s attack on women, workers, same-sex couples and Islam,” said Senator Di Natale. “Senator Bernardi’s statements about abortion, Islam, same-sex and single-parent families are truly offensive. The Senator is merely continuing his form as an ideological warrior lacking any intellectual rigour, insight or common decency. “Former Prime Minister John Howard was rightly criticised for his failure to condemn Pauline Hanson's hateful views and these views are just as abhorrent. They have no place in modern Australia, let alone in a mainstream political party and Tony Abbott must condemn them unequivocally. “The concern for many Australians is that Tony Abbott and Cory Bernardi are cut from the same ideological cloth but that unlike the Prime Minister, Senator Bernardi is not trying to hide his views or disguise his brutal agenda. “If Tony Abbott doesn’t agree with his former Parliamentary Secretary and confidante then he should immediately condemn these statements. If Tony Abbott fails to clearly distance himself from Senator Bernardi then it will be impossible to escape the conclusion that he is quietly pleased that his dirty work is being done.” Media Contact – Andrew Blyberg 0457 901 600

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