Neil Mitchell interviews controversial Queensland Senator Fraser Anning

Pakistan       by Muhammad Irfan | Published

Pakistan by Muhammad Irfan | Published

Taking to LinkedIn yesterday, Richard Mcgilvray announced he stepped down from his post in response to Anning's maiden speech before the Senate.

"As a effect, within hours of Senator Anning's speech, I resigned my position effective immediately".

Senator Derryn Hinch, who shook Anning's hand following the speech, later said it was like "Pauline Hanson on steroids", and admitting to washing his hands afterwards.

Mr McGilvray, who managed the senator's legislative agenda and negotiations with stakeholders, said he could not condone the views expressed in the speech.

"I'd like to thank many of you for your messages of support and encouragement this morning", he said.

Mr Anning, who has been in parliament for less than a year, has entered into a loose alliance with several conservative independent lawmakers that has boosted his otherwise inconsequential role in Australia's upper house.

Anning's speech has drawn wide condemnation from all sides of politics, bringing together the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in a rare moment of unity. Mr Anning has since said he did not know the history of the phrase.

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Malcolm Turnbull also condemned the speech as "appalling", saying it was a "shocking rejection" of Australian values.

His party leader Bob Katter backed him "1000 per cent" after the controversial speech, which was littered with false and deeply offensive remarks about Muslim Australians.

Mr Anning said Muslims were responsible for acts of terror and crime and were dependant on welfare.

The senator made headlines this week advocating for using the phrase "final solution" while advocating for a new White Australia policy.

Senator Anning wants a plebiscite to determine "who" is allowed to move to Australia.

A national vote would ask if Australians want to continue what he says is the current "indiscriminate" immigration policy, which "allows Muslims to come into this country", or return to a program favouring white Europeans.

The Final Solution, or the Final Solution to the Jewish Question, was a Nazi plan for the genocide or extermination of the Jews during World War II.

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