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Friday, 22 March 2019 10:18

Over ONE MILLION Australians sign petition demanding Fraser Anning be booted from parliament

More than one million people have signed a petition demanding Australian Senator Fraser Anning be removed from parliament.

The petition follows outrage throughout Australia and the world after the independent Queensland senator blamed Islamic immigration for Friday's Christchurch mosque shooting shortly after the attack had taken place.

The former One Nation party member has been condemned as a 'disgrace' since the statement, with the petition requesting he be pushed to resign from his position and if appropriate 'be investigated for supporting right-wing terrorism.'

Sydney doctor Kate Ahmad lodged the petition with change.org and it quickly became the largest in Australian history.

As of Monday morning, more than 1.1million people have signed the petition.

Dr Ahmad told the Sydney Morning Herald she knows there is not currently a legal process to expel MP's from Parliament unless they are criminals or dual citizens, but hoped to draw attention to the public's response to his comments.

'It's to make clear that this kind of hate speech won't be accepted by the community or the country as a whole, that there are repercussions for this behaviour,' she said.

'Politics has degenerated to the point where extreme views have become mainstream and have a veneer of legitimacy. It's a problem we have an elected member of parliament like this and he must take responsibility for his actions.'

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Senator Anning should face the 'full force of the law' after he reacted violently to a teenage boy who cracked an egg on the back of his head.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Senator Anning's comments were a 'disgrace'.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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