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Fraser Anning’s comments directly following the Christchurch terror attack caused outrage around the world.
His claim – that the cause of the shooting which left 50 dead was not far-right extremism but rather Muslim immigration – was shot down by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as “disgusting”. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it “a disgrace”.
A teen who cracked an egg on Anning’s head was lauded as a hero.
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But while there was so much anger, embarrassment and shame over Anning’s views and the fact that he had a platform on which to spout them, one thing we could not feel was surprise.
Because what Anning said was not a surprise. Given his history of sharing abhorrent messages, we could not pretend to be shocked.
After all, he has shown us time and time again what kind of man he is.
Anning’s used his maiden speech to the Senate in August 2018 to call for a plebiscite to reintroduce the White Australia Policy, which restricted non-European immigration from 1901 until it was dismantled in the late 1960s.
“We as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are allowed to come here predominantly reflect the historic European-Christian composition of Australian society,” he told the Upper House.
“Ethnocultural diversity … has been allowed to rise to dangerous levels in many suburbs. In direct response, self-segregation, including white flight from poorer inner-urban areas, has become the norm.”
He said he wanted migration to be curbed and a ban placed on Muslim people becoming residents, because the Muslim community has “consistently shown itself to be the least able to assimilate and integrate.”
“While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims, so why would anyone want to bring more of them here?” he said.
He then used the same words – “the final solution” – that Adolf Hitler used in Nazi Germany, to explain his motivation for the Holocaust of World War II, where millions of Jewish people were slaughtered.
“The final solution to the immigration problem of course is a popular vote.”
Safe schools programme.
Just a month after his maiden speech, Anning made a homophobic and transphobic speech in the Senate in which he called the Safe Schools program “child abuse”.
The Safe Schools program seeks to create safe and inclusive environments for LGBTI students.
“Fifty years ago, if a communist pervert had proposed that our nation’s children be forced to listen to sexually deviant propaganda, they would probably have been strung up,” Anning said.
“Today, this disgusting garbage is called the Safe Schools program, and its leading exponents hold comfortable government funded positions.”