Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Staff blamed for 'OK to be white' vote

Staff blamed for 'OK to be white' vote

Others in government who supported the motion were the Deputy Senate Leader and Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Deputy National leader Bridget McKenzie.

Hanson, the founder of nationalist, right-wing populist party One Nation, told the Senate 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 and a rise in attacks on the very ideals of Western civilisation". "I'm sorry that happened".

The United Australia Party recruit's motion referring Senator Hanson to an inquiry will investigate whether there was improper interference with the performance of his duties as a senator or if he was penalised for his conduct as a senator.

Attorney General Christian Porter, whose office instructed Government Senators to vote for Senator Hanson's motion, issued a statement saying his office had not picked up the white supremacist connotations of its wording.

Senator Hanson and her former colleague had a bitter falling out after she reneged on a deal with the government to support company tax cuts.

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

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Mr Porter said he was reviewing the processes in his office, which had put government senators in a hard position because their advice was to vote for the motion.

He said there were "50 to 60 motions" every week that were voted on, and that the systems to determine how the government voted had simply broken down.

After Labor and the Greens cast doubt on the government's explanation as an administrative error, Cormann said that, while seeming implausible, it was true.

Senator Hanson, who declared herself not to be a white supremacist, and fellow conservative crossbenchers didn't attend the recommitted vote. Had it been raised directly with me those issues would have been identified'.

Senator Cormann said when the One Nation motion first came up in September the government made a decision to oppose it and instead make a statement saying they deplored racism of any kind.

"We need to ensure that our white civilisation, our western civilisation, must be protected and looked after", she told reporters.

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