The Turkish embassy in Australia used the space of the federal parliament in Canberra, in order to adopt a firm position that there was no genocide of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians during the First World War. The Turkish embassy stated its gratitude to the institution of Australian Turkish Advocacy-Alliance, which invited the American Professor Justin McCarthy. This professor argued that there was never Armenian Genocide.
Moreover, the Turkish embassy mentioned that the professor toured Australia and gave speeches in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, restoring the “truth” about the historical events of 2015. His speech in Canberra in the hall of the federal parliament caused many reactions.
Many members of Parliament and organizations of Armenians, Jews and Greeks noted that it is unacceptable to allow a genocide disclaimer to express his unhistorical views in the Australian parliament. Therefore, Australian parliament condemned the extremist positions of Professor Justin McCarthy, as well as the Australian politicians who allowed him to take the step.
McCarthy admitted that over a million Armenians were killed in 1915 but he said “it was not done under a systematic genocide plan.”
The former Federal Labour MP Steve Georganas expressed his regret for the Turkish propaganda made by the Australian parliament,” adding that this was unacceptable.
The parliament of New South Wales, in May last year, recognized the genocide of Greeks, Armenians and Assyrians by the Ottoman Empire. The state of South Australia also recognized the Pontian Genocide.