• Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt has joined the widespread condemnation of Fraser Anning in the wake of the Christchurch attack (AAP)
Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt has joined other political leaders to condemn Queensland senator Fraser Anning for linking the Christchurch attacks to Muslim migration.
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19 Mar 2019 - 8:28 PM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2019 - 9:35 AM

Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt has accused Fraser Anning of spreading hatred about cultural minority groups after the Queensland senator linked the Christchurch attacks to Muslim migration.  

Minister Wyatt said there is no place for Senator Anning’s comments in modern-day Australia.

“The position taken by Senator Anning is not one that I would expect of any Australian,” he said.

“The sad thing is that at a time like this, it’s not about making points that reflect on a community of people. Hatred is something that shouldn’t prevail against any cultural group.”

He said Australia as a nation is focused on the richness of different cultural groups. 

"We’ve come a long way... but events like this are not a time to politically point score on a personal view or position." 

Mr Anning has been widely denounced for his comments asserting Muslim migration was partly to blame for the far-right terrorist attack in New Zealand which killed fifty people. 

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Minister Wyatt joins a long line of parliamentarians including Prime Minister Scott Morrison who described Senator Annning's comments as 'disgusting.' 

In the wake of the attacks, Mr Morrison announced his government will deliver $55 million of community grants to upgrade security at religious schools and places of worships including CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing and bollards.

"I so wish we didn’t need this on places of worship in Australia. It grieves me this is necessary but sadly it is and as a Government we will be providing additional resources," he said.

"Australians should have the right to practice their faith in safety." 

The government and opposition announced a joint censure motion will be moved against the senator when parliament resumes on April 1.

Senator Anning was then again criticised for violently retaliating when a teenager smashed an egg on the back of his head at a gathering in Melbourne on Saturday.

A lawyer representing Will Connolly confirmed the 17-year-old will not press charges against Mr Anning and the money crowdfunded for the teenager to pay for legal fees will go toward the families of the attack victims. 

"Our client has no intention of making a complaint or taking any action against Senator Anning," lawyer Peter Gordon told reporters in Melbourne on Tuesday.

But on Monday, Senator Anning did not back down from his comments saying he had no regrets.

"That's just a statement of fact and for some reason that's upset a lot of people including Mr Morrison… He said my statements were disgusting. I see nothing disgusting about stating the facts,” he told reporters in Brisbane.

"When you bring lots of Muslims into a country, violence escalates."

An online petition to remove the far-right senator from the parliament has now reached over one million signatures.

In New Zealand, the country continues to mourn over its worst ever mass shooting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern paying tribute to the fifty victims in parliament. 

"We cannot know your grief but we can walk with you at every stage, we can and we will surround you” she said on Tuesday.  

New Zealand confirmed it will strengthen its gun laws and conduct a widespread inquiry in the wake of the attack.

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