Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent used a parliamentary address on Monday night to accuse politicians on his own side of politics of “cuddling up to Hansonite rhetoric”.
“The member’s speech was replete with
“There were appeals to fear and prejudice that appalled me.”
“The truth is I did not act as I should have because I am not Muslim, Chinese, Afghan or Greek looking,” he said.
“I am not Italian, Sri Lankan or Sudanese. I am not Aboriginal.”
He said he understood
“At the same time, we cannot condemn the whole of the Muslim community for the actions of a crazy, dangerous few,”
During the speech, he pointed out “only 1.29 per cent of Australians gave their first preference to Pauline Hanson’s One Nation”.
“Why, then, are some on my side of politics prone to cuddling up to Hansonite rhetoric?”
The speech he referred to was made by
“Many immigrants entering this country in recent years do not share our Australian values,”
“Their views are widespread in the countries from which they come.”
He said the speech
“This is confirmed by the fact he told Parliament last night that MPs shouldn’t reflect the concerns of their electors but instead should be “leading” them,” he said.
“This is why many people are coming to the conclusion that politics is broken: MPs of all political persuasions don’t listen much at all to the public’s concerns and