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Australian media and politics ‘must reject toxic hate speech’

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Australian academics have called for changes to political debate and tougher measures to clamp down on hate speech following the deaths of 50 people in attacks on two mosques in New Zealand.

An Australian gym worker who has been living in NZ for the past two years fired military assault rifles into crowds attending Friday prayers at mosques in Christchurch.

Australian and NZ intelligence agencies have confirmed that the gunman was not on any watchlist for political extremists in either country.

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