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Nova Peris Shares The Apology She Got After Vile Racist Abuse

'My outburst of malicious foul language is inexcusable.'
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with Senator Nova Peris as she announced her retirement from politics in May
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with Senator Nova Peris as she announced her retirement from politics in May

Former senator Nova Peris has shared the apology she received from the doctor who sprayed her with vile racist abuse online, saying she accepts the man's remorse.

Peris, who stepped away from politics during the recent election campaign after serving a term in the Senate for the Northern Territory, was the target of some awful words on Facebook back in May. She shared the abuse on her Twitter account, calling out the man who owned the account.

Chris Nelson, a 64-year-old chiropractor from the NSW central coast, initially denied responsibility for the comments, but eventually plead guilty and was sentenced to an eight-month suspended jail sentence and a two-year good behaviour bond.

On Wednesday night, Peris shared the apology that Nelson sent to her. Although brief, Nelson's letter says his "inexcusable" actions "brought shame to myself and my family", and apologised to "Ms Peris, her family and the aboriginal community."

Upon news of Nelson's sentencing last week, Peris tweeted a statement saying "the behaviour we walk past is the behaviour we accept."

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