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Repeal of discrimination protections sends wrong message on hate speech

Confirmation by Attorney-General George Brandis that his first bill will be to repeal protections against hate speech is the "opening salvo" of a campaign to weaken multiculturalism, say the Australian Greens.

"The AG's first priority is to unwind protections against hate crimes. What message does this send to Australians born overseas? Many still confront racism on a daily basis," said Greens spokesperson for multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Greens condemn attack on Jewish family

Australian Greens spokesperson for Multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale, today joined Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane in condemning an attack on a Jewish family in Bondi over the weekend. "The Greens share the Commissioner's concern at the violence, which appears to have been racially motivated," said Senator Di Natale. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable but racist violence is particularly abhorrent. "This type of hatred and violence has no place in our society.

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Katter party candidate shows why Morrison is wrong on multiculturalism

Greens spokesperson for multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale, said Scott Morrison’s speech was a dull and predictable tour of the same tired old territory so often exploited by the Coalition.

“Scott Morrison tried to dress up division in the language of unity, and sought to lay blame for any cultural tensions on newly arrived migrants for their ‘self-imposed cultural withdrawal’,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Australian politicians must distance themselves from Wilders: Greens

Australian Greens spokesperson for multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale, today called on Senator Cory Bernardi and all Australian politicians to distance themselves from Geert Wilders, following the decision to approve his visa application.

“Now that the Immigration Minister has approved the visa application of Geert Wilders, community leaders and politicians of all stripes must reject his hateful rhetoric,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Senate fails to defend multiculturalism: Greens

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

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Greens condemn extremism, defend multiculturalism

Australian Greens multiculturalism spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that we must not abandon our commitment to a rich and vibrant, multicultural Australia in the wake of the violent protests in Sydney over the weekend.

“Make no mistake – the Greens condemn the violent protests which took place in Sydney over the weekend. The violent actions and extreme views of a minority of protesters are unacceptable,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Sporting clubs should drop EnergyWatch as sponsor immediately: Greens

Australian Greens’ spokesperson for sport and multiculturalism today called on the Melbourne Football Club, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Rebels to drop EnergyWatch as a sponsor following the vile racist slurs by its CEO and co-owner, Ben Polis.

“No organisation, especially sporting organisations, should align themselves with someone who peddles such hurtful and vile comments,” said Senator Di Natale.

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