Minister Condemns Violence And Calls For Respect For Difference

The Andrews Labor Government condemns today’s violence by a minority of demonstrators at Federation Square.

Victoria is a proudly multicultural and multi-faith state and Victorians lead the nation in respect for difference and rejection of racism. Our many cultural, linguistic and religious communities are united by a shared commitment to our nation and its laws and institutions.

Free speech is an important principle but so is respect for multicultural communities. As a Government, as a Parliament, and as individuals, we must remain vigilant in challenging any organization whose purpose is to divide. Racial or religious-based attacks will not be tolerated.

The Labor Government will continue with bipartisan efforts to foster peaceful diversity and address any threats to our harmony and unity.