Australian political leaders unite to condemn Fraser Anning over immigration 'final solution'

Nazi phrase ‘final solution’ used by Katter MP Fraser Anning in ‘racist’ speech

Australian politicians condemn call for a 'final solution' to ban Muslim migration

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 to admit into the country.

"The final solution to the immigration problem is of course a popular vote", Anning said.

The Final Solution was the Nazi plan for the extermination of the Jews during World War II.

Hanson rounded on senators who listened to Anning's speech without walking out in condemnation, accusing them of being "gutless" for re-entering the Senate on Wednesday to criticise him after the public mood turned. We have in this chamber representatives of Australians whose families have been here for generations, who are the descendants of migrants to Australia of more than 100 years ago. Anning was elected on the One Nation ticket before switching to Katter's Australian Party.

"I love it", said Katter, head of Katter's Australian Party. Derryn Hinch, a fellow member of the opposition, called it "Pauline Hanson on steroids". There are roughly 604,000 people of Muslim faith that make up 2,6 percent of the total population, according to government statistics.

When challenged this morning on the use of the term Mr Anning told Channel Nine he "didn't even think about that funnily enough".

But after that reactions were quick, and by Wednesday morning condemnation was raining down on Anning from nearly everywhere. "Ninety percent of Australia have been waiting for someone to say it and believe it".

Senator Fraser Anning has sought a drastic cut in the number of student visas in Australia, where India is the second largest source of worldwide students after China.

"We are a nation that does not define its nationality, its identity, by reference to race or religion or cultural background or ethnic background", he said. It culminated in what the Nazis called the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question in Europe", in which six million Jews were murdered.

"Senator Cormann, like others, followed usual Senate practice after every first speech", she said.

But the One Nation leader brushed off claims of hypocrisy after introducing a bill to parliament for a plebiscite on how many people come to Australia.

Elsewhere in his speech Anning set his sights on the transgender community, parroting attacks on the Safe Schools anti-bullying programmes that have been led by anti-LGBT activists.

Responding to Anning's comments in a speech to the Lower House, Shadow Multicultural Minister Tony Burke called the words "bile".

"If people want to take it out of context that's entirely up to them", he told Nine Network. On reflection he described the remarks as "vomitous poison" and "one of the most disgraceful, racist, homophobic, divisive, misogynist, spiteful, hateful speeches I've ever heard".

Hanson suggested that Anning did not write the speech, claiming it was written by an adviser named Richard Howard, who she said had previously worked as a military propaganda specialist before a stint as a One Nation staffer.

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