Uproar as politician praises White Australia policy, urges Muslim ban

Clay Curtis
August 17, 2018

The Prime Minister and federal politicians have lined up to condemn Queensland Senator Fraser Anning for praising the White Australia policy and referencing a "final solution" on immigration during a speech to parliament.

In his speech, Anning referred to the infamous White Australia policy, which effectively banned non-European migrants in the mid-20th century, and invoked the term "the final solution", which the Nazis used to describe their genocide of Jews in Europe.

It takes a lot to shock the entire parliament into spurning one of its own, but today, that happened to the Queensland Senator Fraser Anning.

"While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims, so why would anyone want to bring more of them here?"

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

Anning split from Hanson's One Nation party shortly after being sworn in, though his speech had numerous hallmarks of his former leader who has called for cuts to Asian and Muslim immigration.

She had migrated from Pakistan to Australia in 1992 with her young family.

"I don't regret anything, Georgie".

In his maiden speech at the Senate on Tuesday, Anning targeted worldwide students by asking for an "end to Australian-job-stealing 457 visas" and "force global students to return to their country of origin once they finish their education".

In the speech, Anning lamented the demise of "our predominately European identity" and called for a "drastic" cut to immigration and a return to racially discriminatory preferences.

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"There was hardly a group of Australians he did not offend unless you were close to being a member of the Ku Klux Klan".

"We reject, we condemn racism in any form, and the remarks by Senator Anning are justly condemned and rejected by us all", Turnbull told Australia's parliament.

Derryn Hinch, an opposition MP, called Anning "Pauline Hanson on steroids".

In a powerful stance on Wednesday, Shorten and Turnbull shook hands across the table, as they agreed that it was important to call out racism.

"I'm exhausted of having to stand up against hate, against vilification, time and time and time again", she said.

She claimed it was written by a sacked staffer to Malcolm Roberts - the former One Nation senator replaced by Senator Anning - and was "straight from the Goebbels handbook for the Nazi Germany".

"It is ironic that those on the left such as the Greens and some Labor who seek to criticize me are the same people who refused to support my efforts to stop Australia funding the Palestinian Authority who finance terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli women and children", the statement read.

More than 20 senators, including senior government ministers, shook hands with Senator Anning after his speech on Tuesday.

When figures on the political fringes (and increasingly in the mainstream) stray into the territory on which Senator Anning just set up camp, they often fall back on some familiar excuses. "That has nothing to do with the 'Final Solution, ' the thought police got onto that".

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