Council condemns ‘hate speech’


KINGSTON councillors have used their final ordinary meeting to send a message of support to marginalised communities.

At their final meeting, councillors voted on a motion to reiterate “support for Indigenous Australians particularly those within our community and reiterate our commitment to working towards reconciliation, support for LGBTIQ+ Australians” and “support for our diverse multicultural community particularly in Kingston”. 

The motion also read that “hate speech and racism are not accepted or tolerated in our Kingston community”.

The vote received unanimous support from councillors.

The vote came after the Herald Sun uncovered racist memes allegedly posted by Kingston Council candidate Jane Agirtan. Posts on Ms Agirtan’s Facebook page targeting “Indigenous people, same sex parents and international students” were uncovered.

Campaign material on Ms Agirtan’s Facebook page features a complimentary quote from sitting Kingston councillor Tamsin Bearsley.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 7 October 2020

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