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Australian's Parliament speech on 'final solution' condemned

Australian's Parliament speech on 'final solution' condemned”

Fraser Anning, a newly elected senator from the tiny and deeply conservative Katter's Australian Party, called for Muslim migrants to be banned in his maiden speech yesterday, and said that newcomers instead should mirror the "historic European-Christian composition of Australian society".

Later on Wednesday Hanson introduced her private member's bill "to give voters a say on whether Australia's immigration levels are too high by casting a vote at the next general election".

He also sparked widespread opposition by calling for a ban on Muslim migrants and defending the race-based White Australia immigration policy which was in place for seven decades from 1901.

"I want to apologise to the Senate and the Australian people that after this vomitous poison last night".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was one of several politicians to criticise Anning's views, posting on Twitter: "Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world build on a foundation of mutual respect".

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".

The Justice Party senator had been condemned for shaking Anning's hand after the speech, as it is custom for senators present in the chamber to do, but on Wednesday he said he regretted doing so.

But politicians across the spectrum were united in denouncing his words.

"The thought police have jumped on it", he said.

An Australian's senator's use of the term "final solution" has gone over about as well as you'd expect, which is to say, very poorly. "I have always said Australia is a multi-racial nation and that you do not have to be white to be Australian".

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.

"I call on Fraser Anning not only to apologise, but also to go and visit a Holocaust museum, and to hear first-hand from the survivors how the pain is still raw, and to see the devastation and destruction caused by the Nazi war machine".

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.

In his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday, Anning alleged that Muslims were responsible for acts of terror and crime and were dependant on welfare.

Senator Anning has denied the link between his use of the term and its historical context, saying he "didn't even think" about whether it would be offensive.

"It was never meant to denigrate the Jewish community and it's two words and if that offends anyone unfortunately that's the way it has to be", he said.

Independent senator Derryn Hinch described the speech as excruciating and "Pauline Hanson on steroids".

In a odd twist of fate, at the same time Senator Anning was spouting his racist rubbish, I was talking in my farewell speech to NSW Parliament about the heavy toll such abuse takes on people on the receiving end.



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