Scott Morrison says it is "unfortunate" that his senators support Pauline Hanson's "it's OK to whiten" movement
Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the decision of his own senators as "unfortunate" to support an application that "it is OK to be white" while the leader of the Senate coalition has apologized and accused of an "administrative error".  Key points:
- The coalition's decision to endorse the movement triggered immediate backlashes
- Senator Mathias Cormann later said the coalition had actually opted against the motion
- Labor voted against the motion
] The motion has been postponed One-on-one leader Pauline Hanson has narrowly beaten 28 votes to 31
yesterday despite the coalition's support.
She urged the Senate to recognize the "deplorable increase in anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilization." It's alright to be white.
The Coalition's decision to endorse the motion triggered an immediate backlash, prompting Attorney General Christian Porter to defend the move on social media.
"The Act of Government Senators Senate Deputies confirm this afternoon that the government laments racism, "he said.
This message was then retweeted and endorsed by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.
But an apparently unimpressed Mr. Morrison described his senator's support for the petition as "unfortunate," prompting Senator Cormann to apologize shortly afterwards.
"We should have rejected the motion when he appeared in the Senate yesterday," he said.
"As the leader of the Senate government, I take responsibility for this mistake, and I am sorry
" It is indeed regrettable. "
Senator Cormann said the coalition had actually decided to take the Rejecting a nationwide petition when it was first aired in September, however, blamed an "administrative error" on what had happened  Among other things, the Kenyan Liberal Senator Lucy Gichuhi supported the Twitter campaign to make it clear that it is against "white supremacy" and "black supremacy" and that the government "condemns all forms of racism"  During the debate, Crossbench Senator Derryn Hinch described the movement as "obscene" while the Green leader Richard di Natale co-opted it likened to a white racist slogan.
Labor also voted against the motion and attacked Coalition Senators to back it up.
Senate applications mean very little and are often used by members to make a political statement, but members can abstaining
Senator Hanson, running on an anti-immigration and anti-Muslim platform, is known to make headlines, perhaps most famously, as she carried a burka into the chamber.
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