Nov 6, 2020

ANTHONY ALBANESE & PENNY WONG – STATEMENT – US ELECTION DEVELOPMENTS – FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 2020

 

ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

 

SENATOR PENNY WONG
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

US ELECTION DEVELOPMENTS

Australia’s alliance with the United States – forged by John Curtin in the darkest days of World War Two – is based on shared interests and values, including democracy.

 

Our leaders should always speak out on the democratic values we hold dear.

 

Australia should consistently advocate for free and fair elections where every vote is counted. Scott Morrison must do that now.

 

Mr Morrison has a close relationship with President Trump, and he must have the courage to urge President Trump to respect the democratic process.

 

Mr Morrison must also put an end to the spreading of disinformation by Coalition MPs – such as Matt Canavan and George Christensen. He has to pull them into line.

 

America’s institutions need to complete this process fairly and lawfully – but those institutions must not be undermined by conspiracies and false claims, because that hurts the stability and credibility of America’s democracy.

 

It is undeniably in Australia’s interest in a contested world that the United States remains a stable and credible democracy.

 

Americans have voted in historic numbers in this election and their voices must be heard. The democratic process takes time but must be respected.

 

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 2020