Australia’s first female Muslim Senator, the Greens Mehreen Faruqi slammed One Nation Leader Senator Pauline Hanson’s “It’s OK to be white” motion and called it a “white supremacist” motion. Faruqi made her feelings known in a not-so-subtle tweet:
“Here’s your Liberal government voting for a white supremacist motion from Pauline Hanson. Disgusting.”
— Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) October 16, 2018
It’s not surprising that Faruqi flipped after the results came out. Although Hanson’s motion lost in the Senate, Liberal and National party Senators voted for it with it only being defeated 28 votes to 31. However yesterday the Coalition reversed its support for the motion claiming they only voted for it due to administrative error in Attorney-General Christian Porter’s office. They later apologized for supporting the motion and called for a re-vote so they could vote against it.
Before the vote, Senator Hanson issued the following statement:
“I hope that the Senate does the reasonable thing today by supporting this motion. Anyone who pays attention to the news or spends any time on social media has to acknowledge that there has been a rise in anti-white racism and a rise in attacks on the very ideals of Western civilization.
“I would also hope the Senate does the right thing and acknowledges that it is indeed okay to be white. Such a simple sentence should go without saying, but I suspect many members in this place would struggle to say it.
“People have a right to be proud of their cultural background, whether they are black, white or brindle. If we can’t agree on this, I think it’s safe to say anti-white racism is well and truly rife in our society.”
When Faruqi was sworn into parliament in August she declared that her touchstone issue would be to push “boundaries towards an inclusive Australia.”
Senator Hanson has made it clear that she is not a white supremacist as implied by opposing parties. “We need to ensure that our white civilization, our western civilization, must be protected and looked after,” she told reporters.
Faruqi has been quoted as saying:
“I’ve been challenging assumptions regarding racism, immigration, and the value of multicultural Australia. I will continue to stand up and call out racism, no matter who does it or where it comes from.”
But is Faruqi calling out racism or fanning its flames? In her first speech to Parliament, Faruqi infamously said:
“Everyone who is not a straight, white man is targeted.”
In fact, her son Osman who writes for the ABC lifestyle website, Life, frequently posts anti-white messages on Twitter. Last November 2017, Osman tweeted the following:
“No one is asking white people to chime in with their hot takes about what the ‘real issue’ is. For once just sit down.”
Then in July 2017, he sent out the following tweet:
“The white people are getting f***ed! Yas, it’s happening.”
If the apple does not fall far from the tree, then Faruqi is the racist.