Australian Senator Condemned For 'Dangerous' Comments On Mosque Massacre
Controversial Queensland Senator Fraser Anning issued a statement in response to the Christchurch terror attacks. Within minutes it was widely condemned.
Senator Anning, who got just 19 first-preference votes at the 2016 federal election, issued a media statement on Friday afternoon claiming:
- The attacks highlight the "growing fear within the community" of the increasing Muslim presence.
- The real cause of the bloodshed was the immigration program which allowed Muslim "fanatics" to migrate to New Zealand.
- While Muslims were the victims today, "usually they are the perpetrators".
- Today's victims were not "blameless", as they are followers of the "savage belief" of Islam.
The statement has been strongly condemned by Keysar Trad, Founder of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia.
"This statement shows just how dangerous Senator Anning is," Trad told 10 daily.
Trad said Anning's views threaten the fabric of Australia's multicultural society.
"These comments amount to inciting violence by justifying and promoting the senseless murder of innocent people in a place or worship."
"I would urge the relevant authorities to look into these comments and see if they breach the sedition provisions in our counter terrorism laws."
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Former Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane, also said the comments were revealing.
"Those comments are despicable and speak volumes about his character," he told 10 daily.
"We have got to reject hatred and those who spread it in our media and politics. This is exactly the dangerous far-right extremism I've issued warnings about. The threat is real and growing."
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Anning’s views had “no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament”.
“The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting,” he said in a tweet.
Labor Senator Penny Wong said Senator Anning did not speak for Australia.
“This is not who we are,” she said.
“We reject your attempt to use this tragedy to create hatred and division and add to the hurt and distress so many are feeling.”
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