Labor senator Sam Dastyari has told the next generation of his party the left of politics needed to resist turning a blind eye to extremism, and it was time for Australia to start a conversation on faith.

Eschewing the rule not to discuss politics and religion, Senator Dastyari said it was time his party did both, recognising that religious extremism was just as dangerous as white nationalism, while shifting the focus from "what people believe, to how they believe".

Senator Dastyari said Nationals MP George Christensen should have been congratulated for expressing regret he appeared on an Australian alt-right podcast, run by a group attempting to bring white supremacist and accused neo-Nazi Mike Enoch, to its conference, and for advocating his ban from Australia.

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