Coalition senators have now voted against a motion declaring “it’s OK to be white” less than a day after their support for it sparked a humiliating backdown.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi was not impressed with the wording of Pauline Hanson's motion but accepts it was tabled to make a political point.
The Guardian reports, the Morrison government blamed an “administrative error” for its decision to vote in favour of the motion.
The motion, which also asked senators to acknowledge the “deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on western civilisation”, was originally only narrowly voted down 31 to 28.
The motion received 23 votes from the ruling Liberal-National Coalition on Monday, including the deputy Senate leader and trade minister, Simon Birmingham, the small business minister, Michaelia Cash, the resources minister, Matt Canavan, communications minister Mitch Fifield, Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion and deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie. Liberal senator Lucy Gichuhi – born in Kenya and the first person of black African descent elected to the Australian parliament – also voted for the motion.
It was only voted down because Labor, the Greens and crossbench senators Derryn Hinch, Tim Storer, Stirling Griff and Rex Patrick opposed it.
Senator Bernardi told Sky News this morning he sees the government backdown and vote backflip as politically damaging. Nonetheless, the Conservative Party leader supports the sentiment of the motion which was a push back against identity politics and the politically correct brigade.
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