“In the course of a 30-minute interview yesterday I used the phrase white flight. That phrase is offensive to many. I apologise and I will not use that phrase again.

“My intention was to raise the very real issue of the lack of government support for those communities in Western Sydney that are home to large numbers of refugees.

“Multicultural Sydney is an Australian success story. As the member for Auburn I am proud to represent one of Australia’s most diverse communities but, like many other suburbs, it needs more services to ensure our migrants succeed.

“My priority is campaigning for better schools and TAFEs and more good jobs for all the people and communities of Sydney’s West. This is what I will always fight for.”