G’Day everyone, I’m Richard Di Natale and
I’m here with my Senate colleagues. I wanted to explain what’s just happened
in the Senate. We left the Senate chamber after deeply hurtful
and racist comments made by Senator Hanson. Racism and bigotry have no place in Australia
and they have no place in the Australian parliament. We’ve got an obligation to call out hate speech,
to call out racism, to call out bigotry whenever we see it. We stand with all of those Australians who
feel the sting of Senator Hanson’s words tonight. Families like mine, 50 years ago, experienced
those hurtful comments and know the pain that those words cause. A little while ago, David Morrison said “the
standard you walk past is the standard you accept.” Well, the Greens don’t accept racism. We don’t
accept bigotry, and we’ll call it out whenever we see it. Everyone’s got the right to feel safe in Australia.
We’ve got the right to live without those hurtful words that Senator Hanson uttered
today. We’re a rich, generous, multicultural nation.
We stand with the millions of Australians who know that we’re better than that.