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Pakistani-Origin Mehreen Faruqi Becomes First Female Muslim Australian Senator

"I'm here to shake up the status quo," the 55-year-old Faruqi told reporters in Canberra.

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Pakistani-Origin Mehreen Faruqi Becomes First Female Muslim Australian Senator
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Pakistani-Origin Mehreen Faruqi Becomes First Female Muslim Australian Senator
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2018-08-20T17:07:30+05:30

Mehreen Faruqi, a Pakistani-origin woman on Monday became the first Muslim female Senator to be sworn-in to Australia's Parliament.

Greens senator Faruqi was sworn-in less than a week after crossbench senator Fraser Anning called for curbs to Muslim migration and a "final solution" on immigration policy, TheSydney Morning Herald reported.

"I'm here to shake up the status quo," the 55-year-old Faruqi told reporters in Canberra.

"If Senator Anning wants to come and have a chat with me and learn a thing or two about the beauty and richness of multicultural Australia, he can knock on my door," Faruqi was quoted as said by the report.

Faruqi migrated to Australia from Pakistan in 1992, representing the Greens in the New South Wales upper house since 2013.

Faruqi replaces veteran senator Lee Rhiannon in the upper house and said that her "sleeves are rolled up" and she is ready to work.

She described the Turnbull government as a "disaster" for the environment.
 
"I've been challenging assumptions regarding racism, immigration and the value of multicultural Australia," she said.
 
"I will continue to stand up and call out racism, no matter who does it or where it comes from." 
 
PTI  

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