Some in Australia’s government are so worried about anti-white racism that a vote was held Monday on a motion proclaiming "it is okay to be white."
> The motion, put forward by right-wing, anti-immigrant Senator Pauline Hanson, failed to pass the Senate 28 votes to 31, after opposition members from the Labor Party and the Greens voted against it. The government does not have a majority in the upper house.
> In its entirety, the bill called for the Australian Senate to acknowledge "the deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilization," adding that "it is okay to be white."
> "People have a right to be proud of their cultural background, whether they are black, white or brindle. If we cannot agree on this, I think it's safe to say anti-white racism is well and truly rife in our society," Hanson said on Monday.
However, leader of the Greens, Richard Di Natale, adamantly disagreed with Hanson’s premise:
> "Just look around this chamber and see how many faces you see that aren't white. Have a look in the privileged positions of Australian society, people who occupy these seats of the rich and powerful. How many of them are not white?" he said.