My response to Fraser Anning's speech - 15 August, 2018

There will always be Fraser Anning's amongst us; they certainly were amongst my community when I was growing up in the '60s. Fraser Anning has to be condemned for the speech that was given in the Senate last night. It was a deliberate speech - it was intended to divide the community.

As the Federal Member for Calwell, I just want to reach out to my own constituency first and say to them, like them I am too, and my family, have been a part of the great nation building program that was instituted by Arthur Calwell. Australia has a migrant history; migrant Australia has been the bedrock of our nation building. It was so when it began 70 years ago and it will continue to be so well into the future - a non discriminatory immigration program has served this country at its best.

And to my very large Muslim community can I thank you for the great contribution that you are making, not only to our community, but to the broader Australian community.