Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Pauline Hanson says 'it's OK to be white'

Pauline Hanson says 'it's OK to be white'

The slogan behind the motion "it's okay to be white" was originated by trolls on 4chan, which is a comforting thought if you'd like politicians to start taking their advice from trolls on 4chan.

The motion was defeated 28-31, but the government was slammed after almost two dozen members of the National and Liberal parties voted alongside Hanson and Fraser Anning.

Attorney-general Christian Porter said it was due to an email that was sent from his office without his knowledge which indicated his support for the motion, and that the "associations of the language were not picked up". Following the vote, Porter tweeted, "The Government Senators' actions in the Senate this afternoon confirm that the Government deplores racism of any kind".

Senator Hanson, who declared herself not to be a white supremacist, and fellow conservative crossbenchers didn't attend the recommitted vote.

Camera IconFederal finance minister Mathias Cormann has apologised for Government support for a Pauline Hanson motion that used far-right slogan "It's OK to be white".Picture: Nic Ellis.

"They had 25 days in which to reflect and work out that this is in fact a battle cry of the white supremacist grubs of our country", Mr Dreyfus told the lower house.

"I found it regrettable, but the leader of the government in the Senate (Mathias Cormann) will be making a statement on that shortly", the prime minister said in Canberra on Tuesday.

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"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. "Look around this chamber and see how many faces aren't white", he said. "It was voted on in September, it came up yesterday and it slipped through", he said.

When these Senate motions - on average there are 50-60 every sitting week - come, the government asks the relevant ministerial office to advise.

Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch savaged Senator Hanson, saying she was locked in a race to the bottom of the sewer with Katter's Australian Party member Fraser Anning.

"That's what this obscene motion is all about". People were nicknamed Harpic because they would clean around the bend. She's using this chamber as a conduit for her headline grabbing stunts.

Hanson's motion had been originally raised several weeks ago and had been on the Senate notice paper for some time. "Who is running the government?" she said.

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