Australia

Morrison condemns 'ugly' Anning comments

Politicians have condemned comments from Senator Fraser Anning about the New Zealand shootings. (AAP)

Australian politicians have condemned the "hate speech" of Queensland senator Fraser Anning about the New Zealand mosque shootings.

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke has condemned comments from Queensland senator Fraser Anning, blaming the Islamic community for the New Zealand mosque shooting, as "hate speech" and "horrific and sick".

Mr Burke told the ABC "the normalisation of bigotry is something that is not only confined to him".

"We need to call it out, we need to make sure that no way any member of parliament fosters it. He wants the conflict and he wants the notoriety," he said on Saturday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also hit out at the independent senator's comments in a tweet on Friday.

"The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. These views have no place in Australia, let alone in the Australian Parliament."

Opposition leader Bill Shorten voiced his anger at the comments.

"While families in Christchurch mourn for loved ones they've lost, an obscure Australian senator saw this act of terrorism and tragedy as an opportunity to blame the murder victims," he tweeted

Shadow foreign affairs minister Penny Wong has condemned Mr Anning's comments as "shameful and pathetic" and said she was " worried by the rise in extremist views".

Mehreen Faruqi, the first Muslim woman elected to federal parliament, named Senator Anning and Pauline Hanson as politicians who target Muslims.

"There is blood on the hands of politicians who incite hate. To me, there is a clear link between their politics of hate and this sickening, senseless violence in Christchurch," she tweeted.

A vigil was held at Lakemba mosque in western Sydney on Friday night and was attended by Premier Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley, Immigration Minister David Coleman and Mr Burke.

Speaking at the vigil Mr Coleman said the attack was an "act of indescribable evil".

The Prime Minister and foreign minister Marise Payne joined the congregation at Lakemba Mosque for prayers on Saturday.

National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia and Grand Imam Mr. I H Kauser said in a statement that unity against bigotry was critical at this sad time.

"All extremists share a common goal to divide our community and spread fear and we must make sure they are not successful."

Bilal Rauf from the Australian National Imams Council said Mr Anning's statement "may as well have been an extract from the manifesto of the person that perpetrated these heinous crimes".

"While they may be words, words create a certain environment, they embolden certain people, they give them a platform or a sense of confidence that they can do certain things," he said.

"I hope there is a real question as to his position as a federal parliamentarian given the privileges and the responsibilities which are attached to that."

While Senator Anning is up for re-election this year, the only interim action available to parliament is a censure motion for his remarks.

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