Senator Fraser Anning Slammed Over 'Final Solution' Speech
"A dog whistle for the wavering Nazis?"
Former One Nation senator Fraser Anning has been slammed for a vile speech where he praised the White Australia policy and echoed Nazi rhetoric in calling for a "final solution" to immigration.
Anning -- who came to parliament on the One Nation ticket after replacing the disqualified Malcolm Roberts, then left the party and later joined Bob Katter's party -- made his official first speech to the parliament on Tuesday. In it, he slammed Muslim immigration, criticised 'cultural Marxism' and the Safe Schools policy, and affirmed his belief there were only two genders.
But the senator attracted instant backlash for using the phrase "final solution" in regards to immigration. The term, short form for the 'final solution to the Jewish question', was used in Nazi Germany and referred to the plan to exterminate the Jewish people.
"The final solution to the immigration problem, of course, is a popular vote," Anning said toward the end of his speech.
"Of course, we don’t need a plebiscite to cut immigration numbers, we just need a government that is willing to institute sustainable population policy and end Australian job stealing 457 visas and make student visas conditional on foreign students returning to the country they came from. What we do need a plebiscite for is to decide who comes here."
Anning and his former One Nation colleagues have been calling for a public vote on immigration for some time, an idea which itself has been criticised, but his speech, and especially his use of the 'final solution' phrase, was met with howls of outrage from inside and outside the parliament.
Labor members called it "rubbish", "overt racism" and a "dog-whistle" to "Nazis". Tony Burke said Anning's speech was "the words of people who hate modern Australia", while Graham Perrett said Anning was a "myopic redneck reaching out from another time".
Greens senator Jordon Steele-John called the speech "disgusting".
In a statement to ten daily, Anning refuted the claims his words had any deeper meaning.
“Claims that the words meant anything other than the “ultimate solution” to any political question is always a popular vote are simply ridiculous,” the statement read.
“Anyone who actually reads them in context will realise this.”
Many others online questioned why such a term would be used in federal parliament by a senator in 2018.
In other parts of his speech, Anning lamented the loss of an immigration system that "actively discriminated in favour of Europeans", warned of "the cultural conquest of our nation" and "an insidious silent revolution", and called for migrants to "reflect the historic European-Christian composition of Australian society".
Anning has been among the strongest supporters for the far-right push for Australia to accept white South African farmers as refugees, and some of his racist posts on social media have been found to be misinformed and incorrect by the ABC Fact Check website.