Christchurch attack: 'Islamophobic' Australian senator Fraser egged

Christchurch attack: 'Islamophobic' Australian senator Fraser egged

Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday after 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

While speaking as part of a press conference in Victoria on Saturday, Anning received his comeuppance when 17-year-old Will Connolly attacked him with a raw egg. The senator then turns to the young man before swinging two punches at his face. The senator responded by punching the 17-year-old.

The boy was later take away by police and released without charge. Stating that he was opposed to "any form of violence", Anning claimed that the atrocity highlighted the "growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence", in both New Zealand and Australia.

"The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place", he said in a statement.

The incident comes as Australian pols plan to censure Anning for his Friday comments linking the New Zealand mosque attacks to Muslim immigration.

Mr Morrison is also in talks with senators Mathias Cormann and Penny Wong about a bipartisan motion when parliament returns in April.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a media briefing
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a media briefing

"Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are they are the perpetrators", he said, describing Islam as "the religious equivalent of fascism".

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"Mr Yiannopoulos' comments on social media regarding the Christchurch terror attack are appalling and foment hatred and division", immigration minister David Coleman said in a statement. The allusion was to his usual trope of Muslims' and immigrants' incompatibility with the Australian or Western way of life.

"People like him (Anning) like nothing better than people like me talking about him", Mr Andrews said.

It comes as a petition gains more than 700,000 signatures to have the controversial politician removed from parliament while the teenager involved has been hailed a "hero" online. According to the Guardian, he was ousted from his political party, Katter's Australian party, for advocating immigration policies that were too openly racist.

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