Thousands of people have taken part in Walk Together rallies across Australia in a gesture to welcome refugees and immigrants to the country.Thousands of people have taken part in Walk Together rallies across Australia in a gesture to welcome refugees and immigrants to the country.
Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner took part in the Hobart march and called on Australians to challenge the anti-Islamic views of One Nation senator, Pauline Hanson.
Professor Warner called on demonstrators to stand up and welcome refugees.
“She [Pauline Hanson] declared that Australia was being swamped by Muslims and in which she reiterated a call for a ban on Muslim immigration,” Professor Warner said.
“I think it’s so important for Australians who oppose her views to stand up and be counted.
Hundreds of demonstrators attended the rally in Adelaide marching from the Torrens Parade Grounds to Elder Park.
Those who took part in the Adelaide event included state MP Nat Cook, former Greens senator Penny Wright and representatives from the Australian Federal Police.
Well-known Australians who took part in the event across the country included Missy Higgins, who performed at the Melbourne rally, Judith Lucy, Tom Ballard and political leaders from major parties.