'Disgusting': Morrison slams Senator's comments on Christchurch massacre
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'Disgusting': Morrison slams Senator's comments on Christchurch massacre

Scott Morrison has led a swift and strong repudiation of Queensland Senator Fraser Anning, who linked Muslim immigration to the terror attack carried out at two mosques in New Zealand by suspected far-right extremists.

The Prime Minister tweeted late on Friday night that Senator Anning's comments had no place in Australia and definitely not in the Parliament.

Fraser Anning.

Fraser Anning.Credit:Kenji Wardenclyffe

"The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting," Mr Morrison said, just hours after addressing the media about the massacre which appears to have been carried out by Australian born Brenton Tarrant.

"Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament."

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Senator Anning said in a tweet: "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?"

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"I wonder if there will be as much outrage from the left wing when the next Muslim terrorist attack occurs? Most likely silence and talk about lone wolf attacks, mental illness and no connection to Islam”, he added.

In a media release, he said "whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence."

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

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid, the first Muslim to hold the job, also weighed in calling him the senator racist.

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"At a time for grieving and reflection, this Australian senator Fraser Anning fans the flames of violence & extremism," he said in a tweet.

"Australians will be utterly ashamed of this racist man. In no way does he represent our Australian friends."

Mr Anning gained just 19 votes at the ballot box in the 2016 federal election but was elected to parliament to replace One Nation's Malcolm Roberts after he was knocked out for breaching the constitution.

He did not join One Nation but sat as an independent instead before briefly joining Bob Katter's party, then expelled for advocating a "final solution" to immigration.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull also tweeted his condemnation.

"Together with Bill Shorten & other members I condemned Fraser Anning’s appalling maiden speech on August 15 last year," Mr Turnbull wrote.

"I concluded with a reminder that we must have zero tolerance for hate speech".

Tony Abbott said he was still coming to terms with the "monstrous events" in Christchurch.

"Muslims are our neighbours, workmates, friends, family and fellow citizens," he said.

Labor's Penny Wong said: “You do not speak for Australia. This is not who we are."

"We reject your attempt to use this tragedy to create hatred and division and add to the hurt and distress so many are feeling.”

Latika Bourke is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based in London.

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