Well it was only a matter of time. But that horrific speech made by MP Fraser Anning in Federal Parliament last week has gone global.
British comedian John Oliver dissected the Queenslander’s maiden address for Sunday audiences of his American political program, Last Week Tonight. And it wasn’t pretty.
“Australian politics this week saw a debut speech in parliament that will live long in the memory,” Oliver said. “In a speech arguing in favour of a return to a White Australia policy, Anning suggested having a popular vote would be ‘the final solution to the immigration problem’.”
(Yes, in a move that drew condemnation from both sides of politics, the Katter’s Australian Party senator used the words ‘final solution’; a phrase adopted by the Nazis to describe the mass murder of the Jewish population.)
Oliver continued, “That is just not a phrase that you want to throw around for pretty obvious reasons. It’s the same reason we don’t name babies Adolf anymore, or have tiny moustaches, or call yoga retreats concentration camps.”
Fraser Anning says “the vast majority of Australians agree” with his call for an end to Muslim migration and he “didn’t even think about” the connection of his words ‘final solution’ to Hitler’s policy. #9Today pic.twitter.com/rxGhQsRiD5
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Anning wasn’t Oliver’s only target. He reserved much of his wrath for party boss, Bob Katter, who backed his colleague’s speech as “magnificent” and “solid gold”. The controversial Queenslander also blamed Anning’s use of the phrase ‘final solution’ on his lack of tertiary education: “He didn’t get to a university to know the significance of all these words”.