Steve Price Wants Fraser Anning Banned From Parliament Over Christchurch Comments
Scott Morrison should ban Fraser Anning from entering parliament, The Project host Steve Price suggested.
Anning, a far-right senator from Queensland and former One Nation member, issued a press release just hours after the Christchurch attack claiming that Muslim immigration was the real cause of the deadly mosque attack that has left at least 50 people dead.
The senator, who came to prominence after referencing the "final solution" in his maiden speech, was swiftly condemned by politicians on all sides. The Liberal and Labor parties will move a joint motion calling on the Senate to censure Anning when parliament resumes in April.
A change.org petition calling on Anning to be removed from Parliament has received more than one million signatures since it was first published on Friday and is now the largest petition in Australian history.
Keysar Trad, Founder of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, told 10 daily the comments were "dangerous".
A teenage boy cracked an egg on Anning's head as the senator spoke in Melbourne on Saturday.
But while Anning has been torched by virtually the entire federal establishment, there are some who think there should be an even stronger political response to his comments, with calls to ban or remove him from the parliament.
On Sunday, The Project host Steve Price threw his weight behind this.
"Scott Morrison should have a media conference tomorrow and say that when parliament resumes on budget week, that Anning will not be allowed in the building," Price said, as the audience clapped.
"I don't care what the law is."
While the parliament can censure -- or officially condemn -- a member, constitutional experts say there does not exist any mechanism by which a federal elected official can be removed from parliament by a simple decision or vote. Politicians can be deemed ineligible to sit in parliament by reason of criminal convictions or other eligibility issues.
Price said that, while he did not endorse the senator being egged, that Anning's reaction -- appearing to throw several punches at the teenager -- was out of proportion.
"I don't have a problem with the slap, that would just be an immediate physical reaction to someone smashing something on the back of your head," Price said.
"Fraser Anning, it would appear to me, is deliberately putting himself in situations where he's going to get a reaction like this. I think that's exactly what Anning wants."
In a joint statement issued by Mathias Cormann and Penny Wong, the Government and Opposition's Senate Leaders said they would move the motion to censure Anning for his "inflammatory and divisive comments".
His comments, blaming Muslims for the horrific terror attack which saw 50 people massacred inside two Christchurch mosques, have been described as "disgusting".
Cormann and Wong also said his comments sought to "vilify people on the basis of religion".
They added his comments "do not reflect the opinions of the Australian Senate or the Australian people".