1.1 million people signed a petition calling to remove Queensland Senator Fraser Anning.
For vile comments made hours after the Christchurch mass shooting.
Senator Fraser Anning said that he was opposed to violence of any form but “what [the shooting] highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence.”
“The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place,”
Anning said in a statement that attracted international condemnation.
A Change.org petition by Sydney doctor Kate Ahmad and Melbourne author Harris Sultan.
Kate is calling for the removal of Senator Fraser Anning from the parliament has become the biggest online petition in Australian history, according to the platform.
She also said the government is no place for someone like him and needs to resign.
Also investigated by law enforcement agencies for supporting right-wing terrorism.
” This man who blames victims for their own violent deaths and refers to genocide to further his hateful agenda.
“There is no place in the Australian government for Neo-Nazis. There is no place for bigotry and hate speech.”
University of Sydney constitutional law expert Professor Anne Twomey.
Expulsion of members is possible if they amend the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987.
MPs face disqualification if convicted of a criminal offence and not for behaviour that brings the house into disrepute.
But Dr Ahmad said it was important to make a point with the petition.
“It’s to make clear that this kind of hate speech won’t be accepted by the community or the country as a whole, that there are repercussions for this behaviour,” she told Nine newspapers.
“Politics has degenerated to the point where extreme views have become mainstream and have a veneer of legitimacy.
“It’s a problem we have an elected member of parliament like this and he must take responsibility for his actions.”
Fraser Anning received 19 primary votes at the last election.
Change.org executive director Sally Rugg said it was not only the petition with the most signatures since the platform began but it was also the fastest-growing, with close to 250,000 signatures in the first 18 hours.
“The message is clear: Australians reject hate speech in our parliament and hate crimes in our communities,” Rugg said.
As well as Senator Fraser Anning’s vile “final solution” maiden speech to parliament, also caused outrage for comments in the Senate
Fraser Anning also stated gender diversity as “garbage” and the Safe Schools anti-bullying program as “child abuse” and “sexually deviant propaganda”.
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