Anne Stanley MP the Federal Member for Werriwa has condemned, in the strongest terms, comments made by Senator Fraser Anning in his maiden speech to the Senate.
In a speech to Parliament on Thursday, Ms. Stanley hailed Australia as the most successful multicultural nation in the world.
“Our migration and settlement program is an exemplar and looked to by other nations as world’s best practice.”
“There is no better evidence of this than in South Western Sydney, where my electorate is located.”
Ms. Stanley spoke of her pride in representing one of the country’s most diverse communities.
“I am proud to represent the electorate of Werriwa for many reasons; chief among them is that it is a strong, diverse, multicultural community. We recognise it, we celebrate it, we are stronger because of it” Ms Stanley said.
Ms. Stanley stated that it critically important leaders in the community, such as herself, stand up and speak out against bigotry whenever and wherever it occurs.
“I reject racism and discrimination because it is an affront to Australian values. It is an affront to the Werriwa I know, to the Western Sydney I know and to the Australia I know.”