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Polley apologises for "All Lives Matter" post

Labor Senator Helen Polley during Question Time in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, November 30, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Labor Senator Helen Polley during Question Time in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, November 30, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has apologised for a post on social media which has been described as "insensitive".

Last night, Helen Polley shared a online meme which said "All Lives Matter", a slogan that's come to be associated with criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement and those protesting against systemic racial inequality.

It quickly came under fire, including from former state Labor Premier David Bartlett who told Ms Polley to educate herself and described the message as an "embarrassment" to the party.

"I politely ask that you educate yourself," Mr Bartlett tweeted.

"Your tweet is a serious embarrassment to all of us in the Labor Party. It is Hanson lite. It is tin-eared and a classic dog whistle. Remove it."

"With respect, the hashtag is one that has been started by white supremacists, similar to 'it's okay to be white' – and should be avoided," comedian and writer Benjamin Law said in response to Polley.

Ms Polley later deleted the post and apologised.

"I apologise for carelessly reposting a post which was insensitive to #Blacklivesmatter. I have always stood against racism"

It comes after hundreds attended vigils in Hobart and Launceston over the death in police custody of African-American man George Floyd, highlighting the 432 Aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia since the 1991 Royal Commission.