The Morrison government's leader in the Senate has issued an embarrassing apology, claiming his team of government senators only supported a One Nation motion saying it was "okay to be white" because of an "administrative error".
Cormann says an administrative error was the cause of the Coalition support of the Hanson "ok to be white" motion.
The motion, brought forward by Pauline Hanson on Monday, also declared "anti-white" racism was on the rise in Australia.
Attorney-General Christian Porter, a member of the lower house, said the actions of government senators confirmed that view.
It is true that the slogan "It's Okay to Be White" is thought to have originated among alt-right users of the 4chan anonymous message board, but it appears to be Senator Keneally and the other opponents of Ms Hanson's motion who have played into their hands - as the slogan's reputed goal is to goad leftists into voicing opposition to the statement, revealing what its proponents consider to be a latent anti-white bias.
"Naturally I'm reviewing the processes in my office to prevent such an administrative error in the future", he said.
"I deplore any and all forms of racism and I have never supported or defended any form of racism in my life", Mr Scullion said.
The motion was defeated 28-31, but the government was slammed after almost two dozen members of the National and Liberal parties voted alongside Hanson and Fraser Anning.
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Independent MP Andrew Wilkie said he thought the government had misread the electorate and quickly moved to reverse it when they heard the reaction from Wentworth voters.
"We made a decision to oppose this motion in September".
"This one was not escalated to me because it was interpreted in my office as a motion opposing racism". The Government voted against the motion, and it was defeated on the voices.
Government senator Lucy Gichuhi, who had tweeted her support of the motion, also deleted that tweet on Tuesday.
"Why did he support the motion?"
Tasmanian senator Eric Abetz told Fairfax on Monday that he was "comfortable voting today to condemn racism against white people".
"It's all I need when I come in, I don't look for the whip, I look for you people [Labor]", the government senator said, in an exchange captured clearly by the Senate microphones.