Australian MPs condemn Fraser Anning for 'final solution' Muslim ban speech

Australian MPs condemn Fraser Anning for 'final solution' Muslim ban speech

Queensland senator Fraser Anning has called for a final solution to immigration, a term used by the Nazis.

Fanning fears of Muslim immigrants "stealing jobs" and "sympathizing with Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS]", Anning offered: "The final solution to the immigration problem is, of course, a popular vote".

Hanson - who called for a ban on immigration in her first speech to the Senate in 2016 and warned Australia was in danger of being "swamped by Muslims" - said that she was offended by comparisons between Anning and herself.

Labor and the Greens slammed the Katter's Australia Party senator after his maiden speech to parliament on Tuesday, when he called for a plebiscite on which migrants can come to Australia. Claiming that Muslim Australians are unable to integrate, he said adherents of Islam "do not work and live on welfare", and bring the threat of terrorism.

"If people want to take it out of context that's entirely up to them".

Bob Katter, the head of Fraser Anning's nationalist party, praised the latter's maiden speech in Australia's senate which was widely condemned across the political spectrum, including by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and a Jewish MP.

Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch was sitting in the Upper House listening to the speech and said it was excruciating.

The Australia Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) also released a statement on Wednesday, calling Anning's language "beyond deplorable" and demanding a "full and unreserved apology".

"We reject, we condemn racism in any form, and the remarks by Sen".

"Absolutely, 1000%, I support everything he said", Katter told reporters during a news conference in the northern city of Cairns Wednesday.

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"Because you may have your grievances with what Fraser Anning has said, don't direct them at me - it's got nothing to do with me".

"I know that Mr Frydenberg earlier on had a go at me on that but the fact is all I said was the final solution to the immigration problem is a vote of the Australian people", Mr Anning said.

"We will always maintain a non-discriminatory immigration program".

It pisses me off deeply that people like Anning can say whatever they want but will never have their very identity questioned. "I'm exhausted of having to stand up against hate, against vilification, time and time and time again".

Hanson suggested that Anning did not write the speech, claiming it was written by an adviser named Richard Howard, who she said had previously worked as a military propaganda specialist before a stint as a One Nation staffer. "Australia is a warm and open nation".

Some might take Senator Anning's comments as a big joke or just a ridiculous attempt to grab the headlines and remain relevant.

Anning's speech was immediately condemned by MPs of all political stripes.

Elsewhere in his speech Anning set his sights on the transgender community, parroting attacks on the Safe Schools anti-bullying programmes that have been led by anti-LGBT activists.

"I don't regret anything, I am not going to apologize or regret anything that I say", he said.

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