Pauline Hanson moves 'okay to be white' motion

The One Nation leader says there has been a ‘deplorable rise of anti-white racism’.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has moved a motion asking the Senate to acknowledge a “rise of anti-white racism” and that it is “okay to be white”.

Senator Hanson said the motion was inspired by the “huge overreaction” to a T-shirt worn by Canadian far-right activist Lauren Southern on her recent Australian tour.

“If the Senate won't agree to this then we have to admit Australia truly has an anti-white racism problem,” Senator Hanson wrote on Twitter.

The Queensland senator wanted the motion debated on Thursday, before parliament rises for a three-week break.

But the Senate is unlikely to get to the motion in time, after it spent hours debating tougher prison sentences for those who contaminate food and a Greens' motion of no-confidence in Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton.

It means the Upper House is unlikely to debate the bill until mid-October.

Even then, the motion will almost certainly fail. Labor, the Greens and the Centre Alliance crossbenchers have consistently voted against One Nation motions on immigration and race politics.

Published 20 September 2018 at 2:16pm, updated 20 September 2018 at 6:47pm
By James Elton-Pym