Greens senator and disability rights advocate Jordon Steele-John was speaking on Friday at the University of Melbourne, where he was named as one of the McKinnon political leaders of the year ‘for his courageous, visionary and collaborative political leadership’. In his acceptance speech he condemned Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and declared that ‘the era of the dominant, white, able-bodied man is over’. He added: ‘We see a perverse attempt to disown the monster of Fraser Anning without attempting to acknowledge and take responsibility for the collective roles played in the creation of that monster.’ He went on to say that Australia was in desperate need of a parliament ‘as diverse and as vibrant and as energetic as the community it is sent to represent’

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