NZ Mosque Attacks: Australian Senator Censured Over Hate Remarks

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The parliamentary peers of Australia censured the Australian senator on throwing hate comments over Christchurch mosque attack.

Fraser Anning, who drew international condemnation for linking the March 15 killing of 50 people in two mosques last month to immigration, has refused to apologise for his views.

Politicians from major and minor parties joined forces to censure the controversial Australian Senator in a voice vote in the upper house Senate.


“Senator Anning´s comments were ugly and divisive. They were dangerous and unacceptable from anyone, let alone a member of this place,” leader of the conservative Liberal-National government in the Senate, Mathias Cormann, told the body.

The leader of the opposition in the Senate, Labor´s Penny Wong, added that the censure was moved to “take a clear stand against hatred and extremist ideology”.

“We must repudiate those who seek to spread intolerance and hate and in doing so undermine our democratic values,” Wong said.

“There is a difference between freedom of speech and hate speech. The former is a feature of our democracy; the latter is an attack on our democracy.”

A fluke of Australia´s proportional voting system elected Anning in 2017 elections, having received only 19 first preference votes.

The independent senator has courted controversy for his views, and once called for a “final solution” to Australian immigration.

Australians will not select him further for the re-elections.

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