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Australian Greens build anti-racism strategy to combat rising alt-right hate

Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt, has today announced a portfolio redistribution that will see Lidia Thorpe and Mehreen Faruqi take on a new anti-racism strategy intended to counter Australia’s growing tide of far right nationalism and tackle systemic racism. 

The move comes as Lidia Thorpe attends her first Greens Party Room meeting as a Senator this Wednesday and ahead of a fuller redistribution of portfolios by Adam Bandt on Thursday.

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Strong Greens result in NSW shows importance of bold progressive agenda, but re-introduction of far-right One Nation in the Parliament is a warning for Federal election

Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Senator for NSW, has congratulated and thanked Greens candidates, members and supporters for a strong Greens result in the NSW state election but has also warned of the challenges for the Federal election with the far right’s re-introduction in NSW parliament. The Greens have retained all their lower house seats with increased margins and are on track to electing two members to Upper House.

Senator Mehreen Faruqi said:

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Speech: Merchants of Hate

It seems that almost every day we are met with a new far-right conservative movement. The spectrum ranges from straight-up neo-Nazis, or fascists masquerading as libertarians, to the tinfoil hat brigade with their United Nations conspiracy theories. Some of them are in this very parliament. Collectively, I call these groups 'merchants of hate'. Perhaps 'charlatans' or 'quacks' would be better terms. They prey on the anxieties of Australians and offer solutions that are empty, hateful and divisive.

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