No place for hate in Australian election debate

May 7, 2019 by J-Wire Staff
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Meeting in Sydney today, Uniting Church and Jewish community representatives considered the “spate of racist invective, vandalism and harassment” which is marring the 2019 Federal Election.

Representatives

The 48th session of the Uniting Church in Australia/ Executive Council of Australian Jewry National Dialogue discussed the experiences of candidates across the political spectrum who are being subjected to racist and other vile attacks and candidates who themselves have been involved in “disgraceful behaviour” on social media and elsewhere.

“We value our freedom of speech and appreciate passionate engagement and vigorous debate, but the quality of our national conversation is diminished by the type of attacks which have been made on far too many candidates”

“It is not just posters and corflutes which have been vandalised, the public discourse has been vandalised”

“Where acts have breached federal or state legislation, we urge authorities to act.”

“In all circumstances, we urge not just party leaders but all people in positions of moral authority to consistently, speedily and  forcefully speak out against racism and other forms of harassment”

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