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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
Photo: Twitter Mehreen Faruqi

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.

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.