Australian Conservatives leader Senator Cory Bernardi says New South Wales opposition leader, Luke Foley, shouldn’t have apologised for using the term “white flight” to describe the shifting demographics in western Sydney.
The Guardian newspaper reports Mr Foley said, “I won’t use that term again. Some people find it offensive, so I apologise”.
Mr Foley had been forced to defend comments made in an interview with Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, which appeared on its front page under the headline “Stop White Flight”.
The Telegraph reported that the Labor leader had said a “white flight” was occurring across western Sydney with “many Anglo families” being forced to move out of middle ring suburbs with high migrant populations.
Senator Bernardi has told radio station Triple M Mr Foley shouldn’t have apologised for identifying a genuine problem which is not just confined to Sydney.
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