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Unrepentant senator's speech condemned

Fraser Anning is refusing to apologise for his controversial first speech to the Senate. (AAP)

Fraser Anning has been widely condemned for his first speech to the Senate, but his party leader Bob Katter backs what he said "1000 per cent".

Parliament has united in fury and emotion to condemn Queensland senator Fraser Anning's controversial maiden speech but his party leader supports him "1000 per cent".

The Katter's Australian Party MP has been widely criticised for calling for a ban on Muslim immigration, praising the white Australia policy and using the term "final solution" to refer to a plebiscite on which migrants can enter the country.

He refuses to apologise despite politicians from most parties condemning the comments made in his first upper house speech on Tuesday.

The ex-One Nation senator has the full support of his new party boss.

"Absolutely, 1000 per cent I support everything he said," Bob Katter told reporters in Cairns on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten gave passionate speeches opposing Senator Anning in parliament before sharing a handshake across the dispatch box.

"Those who try to demonise Muslims because of the crimes of a tiny minority are only helping the terrorists," Mr Turnbull told parliament.

Pauline Hanson said her former MP's speech was straight from Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels' handbook.

"I am appalled by Fraser Anning's speech. We are a multiracial society and I've always advocated you do not have to be white to be Australian," Senator Hanson told parliament.

Senior minister Josh Frydenberg, whose parents were Jewish immigrants and whose Hungarian mother escaped the Holocaust, said he was disgusted by the speech and the "final solution" comment.

Mr Frydenberg shared a hug in parliament with Labor MP Ed Husic, who shared his experiences of growing up in a Bosnian Muslim migrant family.

But Senator Anning is unapologetic about using a phrase coined by Nazi leaders in World War II to describe their plan to murder Jewish people on an industrial scale.

"If people want to take it out of context that's entirely up to them," he told the Nine Network.

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

Senator Anning also linked Muslim communities to terrorism and said many languished on welfare.

Mr Shorten said most Australians did not want to see the country go back to 1958 and he moved a unanimously passed motion in parliament praising the Holt government for beginning the dismantling of the white Australia policy.

Senator Derryn Hinch said he felt like he was at a "Ku Klux Klan rally" during Senator Anning's speech, while Labor MP Peter Khalil, the son of Egyptian migrants, accused the senator of trying to whip up hatred and fear.

Around 1942, the Nazi leadership established a plan called "The Final Solution to the Jewish Question", which led to the genocide of more than six million Jewish people in occupied Europe.

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