Australian senator uses Nazi phrase to call for ban on Muslim immigrants

Cheryl Sanders
August 17, 2018

"The reference in Senator Anning's speech to the "final solution" is a shocking, shocking insult to the memory of over 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust", said Turnbull, adding that it was important "to call out racism".

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

Parliament has united in fury and emotion to condemn Queensland senator Fraser Anning's controversial maiden speech but his party leader supports him "1000 per cent".

"While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims", Senator Anning said.

His remarks have brought immediate condemnation from others in Australian government, primarily as Anning used his first speech to the Senate on Tuesday to discuss his sadness about the demise of the nation's "predominantly European identity" from the 1950s and '60s.

But Senator Anning is unapologetic about using a phrase coined by Nazi leaders in World War II to describe their plan to murder Jewish people on an industrial scale.

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

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.

"(Parliament) is united today in condemnation of those bad words that were spoken in the other place yesterday". "That has nothing to do with the 'Final Solution, ' the thought police got onto that".

"Today I spoke out against the maiden speech of Fraser Anning including his comments calling for a "final solution" to Australia's immigration problem", she said on Facebook.

"I'm find with what I said and I'll stand by it".

Senator Hanson disowned Mr Anning - who was elected to the Senate on her One Nation ticket - saying his speech was "straight from the Goebbels' handbook from Nazi Germany".

Independent Senator Derryn Hinch said there "was hardly a group of Australians he did not offend unless you were very close to being a member of the Ku Klux Klan".

Mr Katter said he genuinely believed Mr Anning had no idea of the historical context of the term. "I am not going to apologise or regret anything that I say", he said.

"I always treat my fellow senators with respect, even if they hold views that I find offensive and are vastly different to mine", Senator McKenzie told Fairfax Media.

"It is ironic that those on the left such as the Greens and some Labor who seek to criticize me are the same people who refused to support my efforts to stop Australia funding the Palestinian Authority who finance terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli women and children", the statement read. "Now we are in danger of being swamped by Muslims who bear a culture and ideology that is incompatible with our own", she said in September 2016.

She has also been a prominent critic of Fraser Anning's use of the Holocaust-associated term.

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