Government Claims 'It's OK To Be White' Vote Was A Mistake

Government Claims 'It's OK To Be White' Vote Was A Mistake

The motion was narrowly defeated 31-28, with several government ministers voting in favour, including its top official for indigenous affairs.

When introducing her motion, Hanson had said that 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", as well as a "rise in attacks on the very ideals of Western civilisation".

There is no explaining away, contextualising, justifying or dismissing this outrage by the Coalition. What do you think of Pauline Hanson's bill?

Attorney-general Christian Porter released a statement which said "an early email advising an approach on the motion went out from my office on this matter without my knowledge".

The government accepted a challenge from the opposition Labor party to recommit the vote, with senators present voting unanimously against the motion during the second vote.

'This one was not escalated to me because it was interpreted in my office as a motion opposing racism.

Being asked to vote on 50 to 60 motions a week - when it's your job that you're paid well to do - shouldn't be that hard.

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Senator Hanson flagged her intention to introduce the motion in September, two months after Canadian right-wing figure Lauren Southern toured Australia and wore shirts with the slogan, 'It's okay to be white'.

"The associations of the language were not picked up".

"There are administrative processes in place to ensure that as a team we make the right decisions and on this occasion the process failed and I take responsibility for that", Cormann said. "Had it been raised directly with me those issues would have been identified", he said.

"Labour senator Kristina Keneally had sharp words for the Liberals - Australia's conservative-leaning governing party, who backed the motion, accusing them of "[siding] with One Nation... on a motion straight out of the alt-right playbook".

Government senator Lucy Gichuhi, who had tweeted her support of the motion, also deleted that tweet on Tuesday.

"It's all I need when I come in, I don't look for the whip, I look for you people [Labor]", the government senator said, in an exchange captured clearly by the Senate microphones.

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