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Australia senator files legal action against One Nation leader over racist tweet

by Derek Andrews
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Australian Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi announced Wednesday that she filed proceedings within the Federal Courtroom in opposition to One Nation chief Pauline Hanson over one among Hanson’s tweets, which Faruqi alleges breached the Racial Discrimination Act.

Part 18C of the act prohibits “offensive behaviour primarily based on racial hatred”, with offensive behaviour being outlined as acts that “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” one other primarily based on race or ethnic origin.

Faruqi tweeted in September 2022 that she wouldn’t mourn the dying of Queen Elizabeth II because of the British Empire being “racist” and constructed to the detriment of colonised folks. In the identical tweet, Farqui referred to as for a treaty with the First Nations folks of Australia. Hanson responded to this tweet by stating that Faruqi had taken benefit of the alternatives in Australia however nonetheless wasn’t completely satisfied and informed Faruqi to “pack your baggage and piss off again to Pakistan”. Faruqi labelled the tweet “insulting and humiliating” and mentioned that she was “drawing a line within the sand”.

This motion follows the Greens occasion moving to censure Hanson for her feedback on September 27, 2022. Censure motions are an expression of disapproval from the Senate when dissatisfactory efficiency is discovered. Nevertheless, the movement was amended; Hanson’s title and feedback had been faraway from it and customarily respectful debate was as an alternative referred to as for.

Faruqi then lodged a grievance with the Australian Human Rights Fee, however no final result was reached.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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