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Motions: Senator Fraser Anning

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : I rise to support the motions put forward by the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition in condemning those hateful words by that senator. Words can and do incite violence. Words can and do incite terror. Words can and do incite murder. It is time to stand up and put an end to hate speech, to Islamophobia and to bigotry in all forms. We are in a time when hate speech is on the rise across the world, not just in the dark recesses of society but also in our Parliaments, from political leaders, on our TV sets and in the media. The scene has been set and the foundation laid by the politics of fear and division. So let this motion not just condemn those hateful words but be the start of a political discourse that reflects the society that we all want to live in. We support the motion.

Motions agreed to.

The SPEAKER: I am very proud to be a member of this house.

Members applauded.