Uproar as politician praises White Australia policy, urges Muslim ban

Fraser Anning and Bob Katter in June

An Australian politician was widely condemned Wednesday after demanding "a final solution" to immigration and calling for a return to the White Australia policy that favored "European Christians".

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia August 15, 2018.

He called for a national vote on who should be allowed to enter the country.

"The final solution to the immigration problem, of course, is a popular vote", Anning told parliament in his maiden speech.

He won support from his party leader, Bob Katter, who said he "1,000 percent" backed him.

VideoFraser Anning's speech in the Upper House called for a ban on Muslim's migrating to Australia and involved using the words "final solution" which has been historically associated with Nazi Germany.

"That has nothing to do with "the final solution", the thought police got onto that". If people want to take it of context that is entirely up to them.

"It was never meant to denigrate the Jewish community, it is two words and if that offends anyone unfortunately that is the way it has to be".

"I don't regret anything, I am not going to apologize or regret anything that I say", he said.

But Mr Katter linked Muslims to six or seven murders in Australia in recent years, and said the country was being "buried by mass migration".

'It has connotations and meanings to history which it are deeply offensive to right-thinking people, not only in Australia but across the world, ' he told ABC Radio on Tuesday.

"I felt like I was trapped in a Ku Klux Klan rally", he said.

Mathias Cormann shakes hands with Fraser Anning after his controversial first speech.

'As I called for a plebiscite on the immigration mix, this baseless and ridiculous criticism is simply an effort to play the man and not the ball, ' the Queensland senator said.

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Mr Hinch called it one of the most "disgraceful, racist, homophobic, divisive, misogynist, spiteful hateful speeches" he had ever heard.

Fraser Anning originally joined the Upper House previous year as a One Nation senator after gaining only 19 primary votes, but quit on the day he entered the Senate.

"You may have your grievances on what Fraser Anning has said, don't direct them at me", she added.

Mr Anning has refused to apologise and says his speech has been misinterpreted.

"How gutless are members in this Parliament?"

One Nation leader Senator Hanson today joined the condemnation, saying she was appalled by Senator Anning's speech.

Mr Katter said Senator Hanson had "got a lot of publicity out of it" but asked: "Did she believe it?"

"Be very clear about this".

"I think the safest thing for Australia is that we don't have any more of them [Muslims] coming into the place".

"I do not like seeing majorities pick on minorities, that is not the Australian way", Mr Shorten said ahead of moving a motion in parliament praising the former Holt government for beginning the dismantling of the White Australia.

"All of us unite together to fight against the scourge of racism", he said.

VideoAn emotional Anne Aly addresses Federal Parliament.

"I'm exhausted of fighting, I'm exhausted of having to stand up against hate, against vilification, time and time and time again", Ms Aly said.

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