Australian senator censured for blaming Muslim victims

Tourism New Zealand suspended all marketing out of respect for the Muslim community targeted in the Christchurch mosque shootings

Tourism New Zealand suspended all marketing out of respect for the Muslim community targeted in the Christchurch mosque shootings

"In Australia we don't accept or tolerate that sort of divisive, inflammatory commentary which seeks to incite hatred and which seeks to vilify people", Senator Cormann said. A spokeswoman previously said Cormann was merely following protocol.

Following the attack, which was livestreamed on Facebook, Anning suggested a link existed between Muslim immigration and violence.

The reprimand, the fifth to passed by the Senate in the past decade, stated that Mr Anning's remarks last month did not reflect the views of the parliament or the Australian people.

"If One Nation endorses your action to censure Senator Anning, your freedom of speech as elected members of this chamber will be removed", the speech said.

"Hate speech can not be defended on the grounds of freedom of speech because it is an attack on our democracy, because it inflicts real and direct harm", Senator Wong said.

"Hate speech leads to political violence. We can't normalise it through a contest of better ideas". "They were unsafe 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 former One Nation party member has been condemned as a "disgrace" since the statement, with the petition requesting he be pushed to resign from his position and if appropriate 'be investigated for supporting right-wing terrorism'.

'What it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence, ' he said.

Anning occasionally smirked while being condemned by his colleagues.

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"We can not let the stench of racism and hate linger in this chamber", he said. Acting government Senate leader Simon Birmingham excoriated Anning, calling him inhumane.

Senate President Scott Ryan warned that laws had been tightened in the 1980s so that suspending Anning could be challenged in the courts.

Only one senator, Cory Bernardi, voted against the motion on Wednesday.

After a falling out with Pauline Hanson and later Bob Katter, he split with their parties to sit on the crossbench. His term expires at the imminent election and it is highly unlikely he will be returned.

Last month, a self-confessed Australian white supremacist killed 50 people in a terror attack on two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has referred to the shooting as a terrorist act, noting further that the fatal incident was the darkest day in the country's history.

In an emotional speech, Indigenous Labor senator Patrick Dodson said First Nations people knew well that language mattered and could not go unchecked.

Labor's Penny Wong speaks on the successful motion to censure the independent senator Fraser Anning, saying he "sought to further fan the flames of division" after the Christchurch massacre.

He said it was selective and did not deal with hateful speech from the left and the Greens.

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