Darren West accuses Aussies of ‘voting with neo-Nazis’ if they vote No in the Indigenous Voice referendum
A Western Australian politician has accused those voting No on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum of siding with neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Labor MP Darren West first made the comments on social media and then followed them up during a heated parliamentary debate.
‘The racists will vote No. The white supremacists will vote No,’ Mr West wrote on Facebook.
He made the comments in response to former Esperance Shire President Victoria Brown who said in her view the referendum was dividing the country and asked if the Acknowledgement of Country was overused.
‘Disappointed. It’s called respect, you may wish to google it,’ Mr West told her.
Darren West (pictured left) has said those voting No on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum were siding with neo-Nazis and white supremacists
He wrote a lengthy reply to a former WA Shire president who said in her view the Voice was dividing the country
‘Noel Pearson and Patrick Dodson are right. It’s time that we recognised our First Australians in the Constitution.’
‘Those who think that fairness, equality and social justice are the pillars of our being will vote Yes.’
‘The question is, whose side are you on?’
Premier Roger Cooke said the remarks were not ‘good language to use’.
But in Parliament, Mr West doubled-down when Liberal MP Steve Thomas moved a motion on Wednesday that the Labor majority legislative assembly oppose the Voice as there is not enough information and it would ‘permanently divide the country’.
‘(Dr Thomas) made the point that not everyone who votes no is a racist, and he is right,’ Mr West said, reports The West Australian.
‘Not everyone who votes no is a white supremacist. The member is right.
‘Not everyone who votes no is a nazi. You are right, but you are voting with them. That is who you are voting with. This is important.’
Mr West later withdrew the comments.
Yes voters take to the streets in Sydney on the weekend (pictured)
WA Premier Roger Cooke (left) said Mr West’s (right) comments were not ‘appropriate’ or ‘respectful’
Premier Cook slammed the comments as not ‘appropriate’ or ‘respectful’ and said the Voice should be an ‘opportunity for Australians to unite’.
Opposition leader Shane Love agreed, saying politicians ought to be listening to their communities rather than lecturing and debate should remain respectful rather than descend into throwing insults.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Mr West for comment.