Speeches

Federal Parliament - Racism

February 24, 2021

Dr ALYI'm deeply, deeply disturbed by reports of a racially motivated flamethrower attack on an Indigenous woman and her daughter in Gosnells on Saturday night, and I know that the member for Burt, whose electorate it is, will also speak on this. The 40-year-old woman and her teenage daughter were walking through a shopping centre in Gosnells when a man approached them shortly before 6.30 pm. She was racially abused before an attempt was made to burn her with a makeshift flamethrower by a man who bore a swastika on his forehead.

Racism and racially motivated attacks have no place—no place—in this country, but, sadly, far-right extremism and attacks like this are on the rise. I urge everyone here in the parliament, whether you're from Western Australia or anywhere else, to condemn in the strongest terms possible this attack and attacks like it, and to tackle the scourge of right-wing extremism in this country.

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