FECCA statement on Christchurch shooting
Labor Leaders of Federal and State the Terrorist Attack in New Zealand
BILL SHORTEN MP
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS
SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUE TERRORIST ATTACK
Labor, together with all Australians, condemns the act of terrorism that has brought such death and devastation to the city of Christchurch and to the people of New Zealand.
Australia and New Zealand are family and we grieve with our brothers and sisters today. We offer our condolences, our sympathy and solidarity to all who have lost someone they love and to everyone still in the grip of fear and pain. We also offer our thanks to the first responders for their bravery, calm and compassion.
This was an evil, hate-filled and cowardly attack on innocent worshippers of the Muslim faith, humbly and peacefully following the tenets of their religion, in their place of worship. These were people at prayer, at their most humble and vulnerable, they did not stand a chance.
The Islamic community in New Zealand will carry a terrible burden of grief today and we know their pain will be shared by Australian Muslims. We stand with them, knowing that terrorism has no regard for any faith.
An attack on any religion is an attack on all religions, it is an assault on our common humanity. We all share a responsibility to unite, condemn and defeat such an attack on our values and our way of life.
We are, tragically, familiar with Australians being among the victims of terrorism overseas. Today we must confront the horrifying reality that an Australian was among the perpetrators. Both his extreme right-wing ideology, found in hate-speech groups, and his acts of evil do not represent Australia or our values.
Attacks such as this are designed to spread fear and sow division. So too is the footage the terrorists have sought to circulate online. We echo the words of the New Zealand police: do not share this footage, do not watch it. Do not do anything to normalise or validate this inhuman act of evil.
All Australians stand with New Zealand and we stand ready to provide any and all the support they may require in the coming days and weeks.
They are all in our hearts today.
MICHAEL DALEY MP
NSW LABOR LEADER
Friday, 15 March 2019
STATEMENT: CHRISTCHURCH TERROR ATTACK
On behalf of the NSW Opposition, I utterly condemn the senseless acts of terrorism that occurred in Christchurch this afternoon.
All Australians stand in complete solidarity with our friends in New Zealand who are dealing with these horrifying acts of violence and terror.
Our thoughts are also with the Islamic community across New Zealand and Australia. They should rest assured that all Australians stand with them completely at this terrible time.
I implore media outlets in Australia not to broadcast the video depicting the attack or the so-called manifesto.
I urge the people of NSW to not watch or share this footage, to do so will only give the terrorists who did these evil acts what they wanted.
All of us have a responsibility to stand against hate, and to look after one another on this dark day.
FECCA statement on Christchurch shooting
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) expresses its sympathy and support for the victims of the shootings today at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
While the situation is evolving, early reports suggest these were attacks against those of the Muslim community.
These horrific and cowardly attacks happened in places where Muslim New Zealanders go to express their faith in peace.
Violence of any kind that is motivated by hatred towards ethnic or religious groups has no place in society.
People of faith should feel free to exercise their beliefs without threat of violence and intimidation.
On behalf of Australia’s ethnic communities FECCA expresses its solidarity with the individual victims, their families, the Christchurch community, and all New Zealanders.
FECCA is the peak, national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. FECCA’s role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.