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Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Page: 1476

Senator GALLAGHER (Australian Capital TerritoryManager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (16:05): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator GALLAGHER: The comments made by Donald Trump, which are addressed in this motion, are repugnant and should be condemned. These comments cannot be excused or dismissed. It should be noted that Donald Trump's comments have not gone unchallenged publicly by the American people, by the media and by his own Republican colleagues. Labor will speak out against all forms of discrimination, vilification and harassment. Labor stands for equality. We pursue tolerance and respect and oppose all attempts to divide Australians by pandering to prejudice. Labor will act against all forms of discrimination and exploitation, including sexual exploitation of women and children. It should be noted the Australia-US alliance is incredibly strong and will remain so regardless of the outcome of the US election.