“I will never waiver in my commitment to the right to worship and practice one’s faith free from vilification and discrimination,” says Federal Member for Werriwa ANNE STANLEY in this Opinion piece.

Our community is sick of seeing division at Liverpool City Council.

Last month, police needed to be called to Liverpool Council’s meeting and yet again the Mayor, along with some councillors, tried to remove the current CEO.

This latest saga reached its inevitable conclusion with the Liberal Mayor using his casting vote to end the CEO’s contract this week.

The recent events at Liverpool City Council are rightly the subject of an investigation by the Office of Local Government.

But what I am more concerned about is the reported behaviour of some of the people at the council meeting.

What they reportedly said to some members of the council, because of their faith, was appalling and completely unacceptable.

This undermines the hard work and commitment of council staff and fails to meet the expectations of ratepayers.

I want to be clear. There is no space whatsoever for disrespect based on ethnicity or religion – not ever.

Our community draws its strength from diversity – particularly in south-west Sydney. The past weeks and months have shown us the importance of actively fostering solidarity within our community.

Australia is a proudly diverse and multicultural nation where everyone should be able to live without fear of being discriminated against, or vilified, because of who they are.

That is why the Albanese Government is committed to protecting the community from those who promote extremism, hatred or seek to incite violence by strengthening protections against the most serious instances of hate speech.

I will never waiver in my commitment to the right to worship and practice one’s faith free from vilification and discrimination.