Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Australian senator blames immigrants for mosque attacks

Australian senator blames immigrants for mosque attacks

A racist Australian senator who sparked outrage after blaming the New Zealand mosque shootings on Muslim immigration was "egged" - to use the local parlance by a 17-year-old who became an instant internet hero.

At least 49 people dead and 48 more injured after a gunman - who called himself Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian - went on a shooting spree at two mosques in Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand's South Island, on Friday.

Fraser Anning is a piece of shit.

The boy was later arrested and released without charge pending investigation. The man was filming on his phone as he smashed the egg on top of Mr Anning's head.

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote: 'Fraser Anning's comments today are contemptible.

In his statement, he also said, "However, whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence".

The incident came on the back of the Queensland senator supposed condemnation of the Christchurch mosque attacks in which 50 people were killed.

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Citing a verse from the Bible, he added that "those who follow a violent religion that calls on them to murder us, can not be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind".

The prime minister announced the government would censure him. "These views have no place in Australia, let alone in the Australian Parliament".

Speaking at the Islamic Council of Victoria and supported by fellow MPs Mark Dreyfus, Peter Khalil, Maria Vambakinou and Tim Watts, Mr Shorten said most Australians stood in solidarity with the Islamic community.

This is not the first time Anning - who took office in 2017 after the previous senator was removed over a technicality with his citizenship - has opposed Muslims.

"The senator in question, I do not think operates by the beat of the same drum as the rest of us", he said.

A number of other politicians also hit out at Anning for his disgusting remarks.

"It is in everyone's best interest for Senator Anning to make no further statements on this matter".

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