Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Federal MP Bob Katter backs colleague Fraser Anning’s controversial first speech

Federal MP Bob Katter backs colleague Fraser Anning’s controversial first speech

Senator Fraser Anning used his first speech in parliament on Tuesday to call for a return to a "White Australia" immigration policy that reflects the "European Christian composition of society", echoing a policy that barred people of non-European descent from immigrating.

He later called for a national vote on immigration, saying the "the final solution to the immigration problem is of course a popular vote", not a decision by a government.

"Referring to immigrants, particularly Muslim immigrants, with the same language that the Nazis used to discuss the extermination of Europe's Jews during the Holocaust is vile, racist, bigoted, and has no place in our society, let alone our Parliament", Di Natale said.

"I'm a Muslim migrant, I'm about to be a Senator and there's not a damn thing Fraser Anning can do about it", she wrote in a piece for website Junkee.

"So why would anyone want to bring more of them here?"

The embattled Queensland representative was originally elected as a replacement for a senator from Pauline Hanson's nationalist One Nation party, but chose to sit as an independent before switching his allegiance to Katter in June this year.

More news: Barcelona chief won't rule out move for Manchester United star Paul Pogba

Muslims make up about 3 percent of Australia's population.

"I always treat my fellow senators with respect, even if they hold views that I find offensive and are vastly different to mine", Senator McKenzie told Fairfax Media.

A spokeswoman for Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, who shook Senator Anning's hand after the speech, said he was only following protocol.

"It has connotations and meanings to history which it are deeply offensive to right-thinking people, not only in Australia but across the world".

Senator Fraser Anning has sought a drastic cut in the number of student visas in Australia, where India is the second largest source of worldwide students after China.

Labour opposition leader Bill Shorten called the speech "a low point for our parliament".

More news: Salah referred to police over phone incident

As for the "final solution" reference: "Fraser is a knockabout bloke, he's owned pubs and he's not stupid - he built his own aeroplane".

A Muslim woman was today appointed as a member of the Australia's Senate, becoming the first female from the minority community to achieve the position amid a bitter row over racism in the country.

Ms Aly told Parliament she was proud of the response from all sides of politics against Mr Anning's speech. She said Howard had asked him for a job but she refused to take him on.

Anning's speech largely focused on his calls to limit Muslim immigration. "We should condemn, as we have, racism and discrimination of the kind so regrettably, so shamefully expressed by senator Anning". "He wouldn't know what any of this means, nor I think would he be spending time finding out".

The Greens moved a motion in the Upper House to censure Mr Anning over his comments, but it did not get enough support to pass.

"If you have a jar of jelly beans and three of them are poisonous, you're not going to try any of them", Senator Anning told 2GB's Alan Jones.

More news: CalFire: Firefighter in Mendocino Complex Fire dies, River Fire 100% contained

Like this: