Fraser Anning Staffer Quits In Wake Of 'Final Solution' Speech
Richard Mcgilvray said he resigned within hours of Anning's highly controversial first speech.
A staffer for Fraser Anning has resigned, handing in his notice just hours after the Senator's widely condemned first speech in which he referenced Nazi rhetoric.
Richard Mcgilvray said he did not condone the Katter's Australia Party Senator's speech, and that the reference to the 'final solution' was "not something I had seen, heard of, or discussed prior to his remarks".
Making his public announcement on LinkedIn, the lawyer said that following Anning's speech, he resigned his position effective immediately.
"I'd like to thank many of you for your messages of support and encouragement this morning," he said.
His LinkedIn profile now lists an end date to his role as lawyer and legislative adviser to Senator Fraser Anning: Nov 2017 -- Aug 2018.
Anning's speech has drawn wide condemnation from all sides of politics, bringing together the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in a rare moment of unity.
The outrage was echoed across many groups and people, including from Penny Wong, Josh Frydenberg, Mathias Cormann, and Richard Di Natale.
Senator Derryn Hinch, who shook Anning's hand following the speech, later said it was like "Pauline Hanson on steroids", and admitting to washing his hands afterwards.
Even Hanson -- who herself called for a ban on immigration in her first speech in the Senate in 2016 -- condemned the speech, calling it "straight from Goebbels handbook from Nazi Germany".
In fact, the only politician who appears to not to be condemning the speech is Bob Katter, who described it as "absolutely magnificent".
In a typical, blustering and at times almost incoherent presser on Wednesday, Katter equated racism with being Australian.
"Are we racist? We're Australians. I don't know if that's racist or not. I'm not apologising to anyone for it."