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Australian's Parliament speech on 'final solution' condemned

Fraser Anning refuses to apologise for comments

Fraser Anning was widely condemned for his comments about the Christchurch attacks. EPA
Fraser Anning was widely condemned for his comments about the Christchurch attacks. EPA

An Australian senator is being condemned for his speech in Parliament advocating reviving a white-only immigration policy and using the term "final solution" in calling for a vote on which migrants will be admitted to the country.

Fraser Anning has refused to apologise for the content of his first upper house speech. But politicians across the spectrum were united in denouncing his words. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition Labour leader Bill Shorten gave passionate Parliament speeches on Wednesday opposing Mr Anning's comments.

Mr Anning also called for a complete ban on Muslim immigration and linked Muslim communities to terrorism and being on welfare programmes. Mr Turnbull said in his speech: "Those who try to demonise Muslims because of the crimes of a tiny minority are only helping the terrorists."

A member of the minor Katter's Australian Party, Mr Anning was unapologetic about using the same phrase Nazi leaders used in planning the Holocaust during the Second World War.

"The final solution to the immigration problem is, of course, a popular vote," Mr Anning said in his Senate speech.

He claimed to be simply referring to the "ultimate solution" to a political problem and said people who were offended took the two words out of context.

Opposition leader Mr Shorten said those two words evoked trauma and came from history's darkest moments. "Two words would speak for the brutalisation and murder of millions. Two words that evoke fear and grief and trauma and loss," Mr Shorten said.

He said most Australians did not want to see the country go back to 1958 and he moved a unanimous motion praising the dismantling of discriminatory immigration policies over several decades.


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