Australian politicians condemn call for a final solution to ban Muslim migration

Fraser Anning and Bob Katter in June

Fraser Anning and Bob Katter in June

An Australian politician was widely condemned Wednesday after demanding "a final solution" to immigration and calling for a return to the White Australia policy that favored "European Christians".

"We are a multi-racial society and I have always advocated you do not have to be white to be Australian", Senator Hanson said. "Our phones are on fire. The people of Australia should be given a say in the future population and immigration levels of Australia, and that is what this plebiscite, if passed, will achieve", she told the Senate.

"I support everything he said", Katter told reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

"His speech was absolutely magnificent", Katter, whose family is originally from Lebanon, told Australian media. "It is everything his country should be doing. It was solid gold".

Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch was sitting in the Upper House listening to the speech and said it was excruciating. Senator Anning also doubled down on his bid to ban Muslim immigration.

Katter vehemently defended Anning's use of the term, saying the outrage was over a "ridiculous technicality".

"They're not bringing in the Jews, the Christians and the Seikhs - the persecuted minorities".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Mr Anning had made "a shocking insult to the memory" of those murdered in the Holocaust.

"Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world built on a foundation of mutual respect".

"So we reject, we condemn racism in any form, and the remarks by Senator Anning are justly condemned and rejected by us all", Turnbull said.

Ms Aly told Parliament she was proud of the response from all sides of politics against Mr Anning's speech.

Senior minister Josh Frydenberg, whose parents were Jewish immigrants and whose Hungarian mother escaped the Nazi Holocaust, was disgusted by the speech.

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She claimed it was written by a sacked staffer to Malcolm Roberts - the former One Nation senator replaced by Senator Anning - and was "straight from the Goebbels handbook for the Nazi Germany".

Katter retorted that Frydenberg should be "ashamed of himself" for being a member of a government which allows Muslim immigration.

MP Graham Perrett called Anning a "myopic red-neck". "I say this as Prime Minister, whose most solemn responsibility is to keep Australians safe". "This is historical trivialization of the worst kind imaginable".

"That has nothing to do with "the final solution", the thought police got onto that".

Today Senator Anning refused to apologise for using the term.

"For people like myself, who have read the history books, it's one of the worst statements in all human history".

"I know that Mr Frydenberg earlier on had a go at me on that but the fact is all I said was the final solution to the immigration problem is a vote of the Australian people", Mr Anning said.

"It was never meant to denigrate the Jewish community and it's two words and if that offends anyone, unfortunately, that's the way it has to be".

"You may have your grievances on what Fraser Anning has said, don't direct them at me", she added.

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry said that regardless of his intentions, Senator Anning's choice of words would have been deeply unsettling for Jewish Australians, in particular Holocaust survivors.

"I felt like I was trapped in a Ku Klux Klan rally", he said.

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