No doubt by now you’ve hear about heroic #EggBoy and Fraser Anning’s vile statement following the Christchurch attack. In case you haven’t, a quick breakdown of the events. On Friday March 15th, a gunman attacked mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people, including children. Soon after, Senator Fraser Anning released a statement, blaming Muslim immigration for the attack. Then, at a press conference in Melbourne, a 17 year-old boy, Will Connolly, egged Anning, gaining hero status among the public.
Now that you’re all caught up, we can get on. Pretty much as soon as the statement was released and social media picked it up, people everywhere spoke out in condemnation. Politicians from both sides have tweeted out against Anning, and petitions have made waves across social media.
Two petitions in particular picked up massive steam. Started by Sydney doctor Kate Ahmad and Melbourne author Harris Sultan, they decided to team up and merge the two petitions. The petition currently has almost 1.2million signatures and is rapidly climbing, at the time of writing.
Thankfully, the major parities have united, and drafted a censure motion against Fraser Anning. The motion rightfully accuses the Queensland senator of “trying to incite fear and division across Australia on religious grounds”.
It will go into discussion once the Upper House resumes on April 2nd, and is calling on the senate to censure “Senator Anning for his inflammatory and divisive comments seeking to attribute blame to victims of a horrific crime and to vilify people on the basis of religion, which do not reflect the opinions of the Australian Senate or the Australian people”.
Honestly, this is about time. I mean, the piece of shit urged for the return of the White Australia Policy and a ban on Muslim immigration in his maiden speech to parliament. How much more convincing do we need to see that he should not have a place in parliament?