I took the opportunity in Parliament to speak out against growing racism faced by Asian-Australians due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Last Friday, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of the coronavirus a global health emergency.
The Morrison Government has responded swiftly and decisively in taking precautionary measures to protect Australians from the spread of the virus.
Many Australians who had travelled back to Australia and made the decision to self-isolate. These individuals put the community’s interest ahead of their own.
Sadly, Mr Speaker, I have regularly been contacted by members of the community regards attacks on Australians of Asian descent.
Tabloids have openly called Coronavirus the “Chinese Virus” and used tag lines such as “panda-monium”. This is not funny Mr Deputy Speaker, let’s call it what it is, racism.
I urge Australians not to overreact and not to use the coronavirus as an excuse to be divisive or racist to others in the community.
Once again thank the Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Health for the constant updates and assistance.