PM wants to censure Anning for NZ comments


Anning faced heavy backlash from the public and his fellow lawmakers for his comments linking Muslim immigration to the Christchurch mosque shooting, which killed 49 and wounded 42. The man was filming on his phone as he smashed the egg on top of Mr Anning's head.

The senator responded by punching the teenager in the face before the youngster was then tackled to the ground by Anning's supporters and held in a chokehold. The boy was later arrested and released without charge pending investigation.

In his statement, shared widely on Twitter, Anning said he was utterly opposed to any form of violence and condemned the actions of the gunman.

Right after the Christchurch mosque massacre, Queensland Senator, Fraser Anning released a media statement blamed the attacks on Muslims themselves due to "growing fear over an increase Muslim presence" in Australia and New Zealand.

There is also a petition circluating online calling for the Queensland senator's resignation.

Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also hit out at Anning's comments. In the same speech, Anning called for drastic cuts to Muslim immigration and a return to racially based immigration policies.

But the remainder of his lengthy statement attacked Islam and Muslim immigrants in startling terms. He said, "Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators".

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a media briefing
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a media briefing

"We thank you greatly for your bravery because you've done more than what the Australian government has done about racist senator Anning, bless your soul", one user wrote.

Without dissent, Canberra's opposition Labor party unilaterally stood with Morrison's conservative coalition government in speedily passing a motion of censure against Anning.

A video of a teenager egging an Australian senator who sparked global outrage with comments that he made about the New Zealand mosque shootings is going viral.

Meanwhile, the largest petition in Australia's history is now underway, with over 797,500 people signing a petition to remove Senator Anning from parliament.

"What is worse, by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other, he is doing exactly what the terrorists want", Turnbull said. political reporter Sam Clench wrote: "The Australian senator now spewing racist garbage in response to the New Zealand mosque attack got 19 votes at the last election".

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