Condemnation of Milo Yiannopoulos

Mr PEARSON — Today I condemn the recent irresponsible actions of Milo Yiannopoulos, his promoter and the venue which hosted his visit, which triggered a riot on the doorstep of the Flemington public housing estate. In the past decade Victoria Police have worked extremely closely with residents of the Flemington public housing estate, in particular the Horn of Africa community. The bigotry and hatred that Mr Yiannopoulos has brought into my community has damaged that relationship and shaken my community’s sense of belonging. While people proclaim Mr Yiannopoulos’s right to free speech, neither he nor his supporters have the right to denigrate and vilify the people of my community based on their race, religion or gender.

A week after the riots concluded it falls to members of Victoria Police, the community and me to sit down and find a way to clean up the mess that this zealot has created. Flemington is home to a vibrant African-Australian community. On their behalf I say to Mr Yiannopoulos: go back to where you came from, because you and your hate are not welcome here.