Australian politician calls for 'Muslim ban', and 'final solution

Frederick Owens
August 17, 2018

Mr Anning has refused to apologise and says his speech has been misinterpreted.

The senator also drew criticism for suggesting that Australians could return to the "White Australia" policy, which placed heavy restrictions on non-European immigration until the late 1960s.

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", he said while urging for a plebiscite to decide who enters Australia.

Ms Faruqi said she was excited to bring "much needed diversity" to Canberra, and hoped her presence would encourage non-white Australians.

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".

Katter's Australian Party has only one member - Katter himself - in the country's 150-member House of Representatives.

"The remarks by Senator Anning are justly condemned and rejected by us all".

The speech was also condemned by many local politicians.

"He didn't get to a university to know the significance of all these words", Katter said.

Mr Perrett also poured scorn on Mr Anning's suggestion his use of the term "final solution" regarding Australian immigration had been misinterpreted and was not a reference to the Nazi mass killing of Jews.

"We are a multi-racial society and I have always advocated you do not have to be white to be Australian", she said.

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.

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

Fraser Anning floated what the New York Times calls the "Nazi euphemism for genocide" on Tuesday during his first speech to Parliament, during which he called for a halt to Muslim immigration.

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

Hanson acknowledged that Anning was elected under the One Nation banner but said he had "never held a seat in this parliament under Pauline Hanson's One Nation, from day one when he was sworn in he was an independent".

Mehreen Faruqi has joined Australia's senate as its first female Muslim member, on a day the country is caught up in a bitter row over racism.

A federal Queensland Labor MP believes Fraser Anning needs a reality check when it comes to the input of Muslims in the state.

"I hadn't even thought about it", he told 2GB's Alan Jones.

"Absolutely 1000 percent I support everything he said".

"All I said was the final solution to the immigration problem is a vote of the Australian people", he said.

Hinch apologized Wednesday for shaking Anning's hand after the speech as part of protocol and said he had immediately gone home to scrub his digits.

Ms Aly told Parliament she was proud of the response from all sides of politics against Mr Anning's speech.

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