First female Muslim senator of Australia

_102974976_mehreenAustralia senate appoints first Muslim woman amid race row

Source: BBC News

Mehreen Faruqi has joined Australia’s senate as its first female Muslim member, on a day the country is caught up in a bitter row over racism.

Ms Faruqi, who was born in Pakistan, told the BBC that Australia’s future would be “stronger for our diversity”.

The Greens Party MP for New South Wales was appointed by the senate on Wednesday to fill a vacant seat.

It comes as another new senator faces condemnation for a speech calling for a “final solution” on immigration.

Ms Faruqi, who will be sworn in next week, was among the prominent critics of Fraser Anning’s use of the Holocaust-associated term.

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