One Nation leader Pauline Hanson had the Senate vote on her ‘It’s okay to be white’ motion in the Senate yesterday which also sought to condemn anti-white racism. It failed 28 votes to 31 coming so close to passing thanks to the support of Coalition Senators and the rest of the right wing Senate crossbench.
However 24 hours later the Coalition Senate leadership and other Senators have apologized for voting for the motion blaming an administration error in Attorney-General Christian Porter’s office and that they didn’t know the phrase was created and used by ‘white supremacists’, the ‘KKK’ and ‘neo-Nazis’.
The ‘it’s okay to be white’ slogan originated on message board site 4chan and began to be posted at public places in the United States to test the level of anti-white racism in the country and as an experiment to see how the regressive left and social justice warriors would react. It has subsequently been labelled an alt-right racist slogan An ‘it’s okay to be white’ shirt was worn by Lauren Southern when she arrived in Australia.
Government Senate Leader Mathias Cormann apologized for this blunder “I take responsibility for that error and I’m sorry that that happened. It is indeed regrettable.” He said the Government’s intention was “to make a statement in our own words that as a government we deplore racism of any kind, but not to actually support the motion”.
I asked Mathias Cormann if it’s ok to be white.
He says the government doesn’t support the words in Hanson’s motion and they should have opposed it. pic.twitter.com/y4kn8xP2De
— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) October 15, 2018
Christian Porter said said the directive sent from his office to back the motion was due to a misinterpretation by his office “It appears that, of the very large number of motions on which my office’s views are routinely sought, this one was not escalated to me because it was interpreted in my office as a motion opposing racism. The associations of the language were not picked up”.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he “found it regrettable” that the government voted for the motion.
— Myles Morgan (@ImMylesMorgan) October 16, 2018
Nationals Senator John ‘Wacka’ Williams said he “had no idea that ‘it’s okay to be white’ is a strong signal of racism in America. We never discuss that in the shearing sheds, on the farm or at the local pub” and said about all the motions being put forward in the Senate “frankly I’m over them all” calling them “political sessions”.
.@SenatorWacka: I had no idea that ‘it’s okay to be white’ is a strong signal of racism in America. We never discuss that in the shearing sheds, on the farm or at the local pub.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) October 16, 2018
Labor Senate Leader Penny Wong was enraged and berated the Coalition for voting for the motion “As to government senators who walked in here like sheep yesterday to stand up behind One Nation and Ms Hanson, frankly, do you really deserve to be here? Who is running the government?”
“As to government senators who walked in here like sheep yesterday to stand up behind One Nation and Ms Hanson, frankly, do you really deserve to be here? Who is running the government!” @SenatorWong pic.twitter.com/mmZivwd1MB
— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) October 16, 2018
Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi claimed the government voted for white supremacy.
— Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) October 16, 2018
There is still an ongoing Twitter meltdown with leftist commentators screeching that the government of the day “voted to endorse a neo-nazi statement of white supremacy”.
Pauline Hanson called the backflip from the government “it’s okay to be white guilt” and that it proved that “One Nation is the only party promoting racial tolerance and support for the great achievements of Western civilisation”.
MEDIA STATEMENT | @OneNationAus Senator Pauline Hanson responds to the Government withdrawing support for her motion calling on the Senate to acknowledge:
— Pauline Hanson ?? (@PaulineHansonOz) October 16, 2018
Katter’s Australian Party Senator Fraser Anning said “The hysterical response to Government support for Senator Hanson’s motion today proves the point that there is most definitely a rise in anti-white sentiment creeping into Australian society”.
Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm who also voted for the motion commented on Twitter “It now seems the government, Labor and Greens think it’s not OK to be white. That’s just too fucking bad because I am and that’s OK. Suck it up”.
Mathias Cormann has now asked the Senate to recommit to voting on the motion so Coalition Senators can have opportunity to vote against it. Penny Wong still wasn’t appeased by this calling it a “pathetic attempt at a clean up” and to shore up progressive votes in the Wentworth by-election.
If Pauline Hanson was conducting a social experiment in the Senate with her motion it is clear that our politicians do not believe that ‘it’s okay to be white’ and agree with the left that it is a white supremacist slogan.