Pakistani-born Mehreen Faruqi becomes 1st Muslim female senator in Australia. Pakistani-born Mehreen Faruqi became the 1st Muslim woman to be appointed to fill a vacant seat the Australian Senate on Wednesday.
Pakistani-born Mehreen Faruqi becomes 1st Muslim female senator in Australia
The Green Party member parliament for New South Wales will be sworn into office next week was selected to fill a vacant seat. Mehreen Faruqi joined the NSW Legislative Council in June 2013.
New job. Let’s get to work! https://t.co/bchzcAP3qC
— Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) August 15, 2018
She arrived in Australia from Pakistan in 1992 and forged a successful career as an academic and engineer.
In an interview with BBC, she shared that she will use her new role to achieve a “positive future for Australia where we are stronger for our diversity”.
Faruqi has also taken a strong stance against recent incidents of racism in Australia. She remarked that overt displays of racism are not isolated incidents.
She has also been a prominent critic of Fraser Anning’s use of the Holocaust-associated term.
Faruqi told Guardian that Australia Anning’s speech had thrown millions of decent Australians under the bus in a “desperate attempt to remain relevant and reignite a long gone racist policy”.
“Senator Anning has spat in the face of our successful multicultural society, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from an ex-One Nation senator,” she said.
“These merchants of hate in the Senate will stop at nothing to keep attacking non-white people simply for the sake of sowing division in our country for their narrow political interests.”
“I am Muslim migrant, I’m about to be a Senator and there’s not a damn thing Fraser Anning can do about it,” she wrote in a piece for a website.