Turnbull has reportedly been calling ethnic leaders trying to calm concerns over the government’s proposed changes to the laws.
A broad coalition of groups, including leaders from Indigenous, Jewish, Indian, Greek, Chinese, Arab and Armenian communities, penned a joint letter to Turnbull saying the changes could give a “free pass” to racial abuse.
Here is the script for one of the robocalls:
Hanson: “I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians” / record scratch / “…we are in danger of being swamped by Muslims.”
Racism is real. It affects our communities every day - at school, at work, in the streets.
It affects our ability to get work. It will affect our children’s futures.
Reclaim Australia Rally ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!
Dangerous racism is growing in Australia. We’ve worked hard to build lives here. Our children shouldn’t suffer worse hardships than we did.
Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals have not stood up to Pauline Hanson and One Nation.
Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals are trying to change the laws that protect us from racist abuse.
Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals do not care about the safety and security of our families and our communities.
We need leaders to stand up to racism, not to encourage it.
A vote for the Liberals is a vote for racism.
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