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Parliament has united in fury and determination to condemn unrepentant Queensland senator Fraser Anning for his speech praising the White Australia policy and attacking Muslim immigration.

By
Themi Kallos, Stergos Kastelloriou
Published on
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 16:21
Duration
6 min 53 sec

But despite the strong criticism from across the political spectrum, the Katter's Australian Party MP has the "1000 per cent" support of his leader.

Senator Anning is also refusing to apologise for calling for a "final solution" on immigration, a comment that has angered MP's and Jewish community groups.

Labor’s Maria Vamvakinou MP, told SBS Greek that there will always be Fraser Annings amongst us.

"They certainly were amongst my community when I was growing up in the '60s. Fraser Anning has to be condemned for the speech that was given in the Senate last night. It was a deliberate speech - it was intended to divide the community", said Ms Vamvakinou and added:

"As the Federal Member for Calwell, I just want to reach out to my own constituency first and say to them, like them I am too, and my family, have been a part of the great nation building program that was instituted by Arthur Calwell. Australia has a migrant history; migrant Australia has been the bedrock of our nation building. It was so when it began 70 years ago and it will continue to be so well into the future - a non-discriminatory immigration program has served this country at its best.

And to my very large Muslim community can I thank you for the great contribution that you are making, not only to our community, but to the broader Australian community".

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