But he said attacking people on their basis of their race was totally unacceptable,
just doesn't make sense, and not just because SMH can't seem to figure out English grammar. Attacking people on the basis of their race is, by definition, racism and therefore racist behaviour. And those who engage in racist behaviour are, by definition, racist.
It really is that simple.
The white people who attacked non-white people and the non-whites who later attacked other whites, are both racists of the worst kind - the ones that actually act on their insane impulses and hurt people.
Not that our PM can talk. He is, after all, the man who refuses to apologise to Aboriginal Australians for the subjugation and oppression they have experienced since the European invasion, and steadfastly refuses to do anything about ending that oppression today.