An adviser to Queensland senator Fraser Anning quit just hours after the Katter's Australian Party senator called for a "final solution" on immigration in his maiden speech.
In a post on LinkedIn, Richard Mcgilvray condemned Senator Anning’s speech and said he had no knowledge of the senator's plans to call his idea for a plebiscite on immigration "the final solution to the immigration problem".
"As many of you may have seen, last night Senator Anning gave his First Speech," Mr Mcgilvray wrote.
"I do not condone Senator Anning's speech. His reference to 'the Final Solution' was not something I had seen, heard of, or discussed prior to his remarks last night and as a consequence, within hours of Senator Anning's speech, I resigned my position effective immediately.
"I'd like to thank many of you for your messages of support and encouragement this morning."
According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr Mcgilvray worked for Senator Anning for less than a year, starting as a lawyer and legislative adviser in November 2017.
In his job description, Mr Mcgilvray said he managed "the Senator's legislative agenda where I provide legislative and strategic advice".
Prior to working for Senator Anning, Mr Mcgilvray worked as a paralegal and a law clerk in Brisbane.
Senator Anning’s speech, in which he praised the discriminatory White Australia Policy and took particular aim at Muslim migrants, drew condemnation from all sides of politics.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull labelled the speech “appalling”, and said the senator's remarks were “justly condemned and rejected by us all”.
In Nazi Germany, the extermination of Jewish people throughout Europe was known as "the final solution to the Jewish question".
Mr Turnbull said the senator’s reference to a “final solution” was insulting to Jewish people.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also branded Senator Anning's speech "racist" and described it as "repugnant and disgraceful".
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, whose own maiden speech in 1996 was labelled racist after she said Australia was in danger of being “swamped by Asians”, said she was also appalled by the speech.
"We are a multi-racial society and I have always advocated you do not have to be white to be Australian," Senator Hanson said.
However, Senator Anning's comments were defended by party leader Bob Katter, who said the speech was "solid gold".
Rachel Clun is a reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald. She was previously a reporter with the Brisbane Times and Domain.