The Australian Senate has formally condemned a lawmaker who sparked outrage by hold responsible the New Zealand masjid attacks on Muslim migration.
Senator Fraser Anning, a far-right unconventional, made his comments on the day of the shootings in Christchurch which killed 50 people last month.
On Wednesday, lawmakers from across the political spectrum castigate his “provocative and divisive” remarks.
Mr. Anning said the censure was “an Criticize on free speech”.
The rebuke, the fifth to be passed by the Senate in the past decade, stated that Mr. Anning’s remarks last month did not indicate the views of the parliament or the Australian people.
He had said: “The real cause of slaughter on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.”
His remark were “disgraceful” and “appalling”, other lawmakers told the Senate. The disgraceful read that Mr. Anning had request to “attribute blame to sufferer of a horrific crime and to vilify people on the starting point of religion”.
Although it carries no experimental penalizing, the censure is seen as an official criticism. Lawmakers cannot be throw out from the parliament unless they are dual citizens, insolvent, hold other offices, or have been convicted of an offence, legitimate law experts say.
Only one senator, Cory Bernardi, voted in opposition to the motion on Wednesday. Three others inclusive of Mr Anning refrain.
Mr Anning break into parliament in 2017 as a replacement for a disbarred senator, despite receiving just 19 votes in the 2016 election.
Last year he also drew condemnation for using the words “final solution” – a term implore during the Holocaust – while calling for race-based immigration limitation.Do you want to be the first to get these news,updates and vital info?