The Andrews Labor Government condemns today’s violence by a minority of demonstrators at Federation Square. (Media Release)
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 Andrews Labor Government will continue with bipartisan efforts to foster peaceful diversity and address any threats to our harmony and unity.
Hundreds of anti-Islam protesters have clashed with counter-demonstrators at rallies in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and other sites across the country.