1.1 million people recently signed a petition calling for the removal of Queensland Senator Fraser Anning. The petition follows vile comments made hours after the Christchurch mass shooting.
Senator Fraser Anning firstly said that he opposed violence in any form. However, the senator never knows when to shut up.
“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.”
His words attracted international condemnation.
Sydney doctor Kate Ahmad and Melbourne author Harris Sultan also put up a Change.org petition calling for Anning’s removal as a senator.
The petition is now the biggest in Australian history.
Dr Ahmad said the government is no place for someone like Anning and he needs to resign.
She said law enforcement agencies also need to investigate his support for 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.”
Important to make point
“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.
“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 in Australia but it 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.”
In addition to his vile “final solution” maiden speech to parliament, Anning also caused outrage for comments in the Senate in the time since.
He has described gender diversity as “garbage” and the Safe Schools anti-bullying program as “child abuse” and “sexually deviant propaganda”.
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