Federal Senator Fraser Anning found himself in a firestorm following his comments on the Christchurch massacre.
Things only heated up when Anning slapped a 17 year old teenager who hit the senator over the head with an egg.
But Anning is no stranger to controversy. In fact, he appears to thrive on it. And he remains unrepentant on both his comments and the slap.
Below some highlights…or lowlights, if you prefer:
Anning’s response to egg hit
The Queensland Senator claims that his actions were in self-defence when slapping the teenager, who cracked an egg on the back of his head.
The senator stated:
‘He got a slap across the face, which is what his mother should have given him long ago, because he’s been misbehaving badly.
‘When somebody cracks you in the back of your head, you react and defend yourself.
‘That for years is what Australians have been doing, luckily they did that in the trenches otherwise we’d be all speaking German now probably.’
The egg attack was on the back of Anning’s comments regarding the Christchurch terror attack that has so far seen 50 people lose their lives.
While the senator condemned the attacks on two Mosques, he defended his statement released on Friday:
‘There’s no place for that sort of violence in any civilised society. Unfortunately that sort of violence is already here; usually its [sic] being perpetrated by the Muslims attacking the infidels, or Christians.
‘I totally condemned it, and I will continue.
‘There’s no place for that sort of violence in any civilised society.’
‘I don’t think they deserve to be shot.’
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Senator calls for migration reforms
Anning is once again calling for reforms that would see Australian citizens determining who is allowed to migrate to the country, and how many migrants should be allowed to stay, AAP reports.
Adding more backlash towards the senator was his decision to attend a gun show last Sunday, only two days after the Mosque attacks, where Muslims were killed and injured when an Australian man opened fire.
The senator said of his decision to attend:
‘I’m a shooter. I’d already accepted an invitation to go to that. People can be inflamed if they like, its entirely up to them. I don’t usually back away from the things I like to do.’
Labor and Coalition agree on one thing
When parliament resumes next month, the Coalition and Labor have both agreed to censure Anning.
Anning also responded to this by stating:
‘I hope it’s not too painful. What’s Mr Morrison going to give me a flogging with his lace hanky or something like that, is it?’
The also claimed that Scott Morrison’s government is ‘funding those terrorist countries’, meaning Palestine and Pakistan.
‘Mr Morrison himself is a bit hypocritical.’
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