Labor is concerned the Gold Coast’s tourism industry could suffer after a Senator used a common Nazi phrase and called for a ban on “non-white immigrants” in his maiden parliamentary speech.
Queensland Senator Fraser Anning has praised the White Australia Policy and called for a “final solution to the immigration problem” in one of the country’s most controversial addresses.
The Katter Australian Party Senator, formerly of One Nation, detailed his plan for a radical new stance on immigration, taking aim at Muslims migrants.
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“While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims, so why would anyone want to bring more of them here?” Senator Anning said.
These comments alongside the phrase “final solution”, one which was commonly used in Nazi German as the plan to kill all Jewish people, has received extreme backlash.
19 people voted for Fraser Anning in the 2016 federal election. pic.twitter.com/xL8emaWhiA
— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) August 14, 2018
Labor Senator Murray Watt told MyGC these comments were “disgusting and un-Australian” and would likely impact tourism.
“The Gold Coast is particularly dependent from tourists from overseas it’s not in anyone’s interest to have politicians in parliament using racist slogans to potentially discourage people from coming here.
“The sooner we can get this bloke out of parliament the better.”
Senator Watt added the backbone of Australia had been built through immigration.
“Right across the Gold Coast and right across Queensland we’ve had generations of migrants who’ve made a really positive contribution to our community – I think it is incredibly sad we’ve got people in federal politics who hark back to the white Australia policy.”
— Olivia Leeming (@olivialeeming) August 14, 2018