Australian senator, egg recipient and renowned piece of shit Fraser Anning made headlines again today for the very best of reasons — because, for once, his fellow senators finally took action against his continued sewing of division and hate.
As of 11:42am today, the Senate has officially censured Anning for “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.”
And to think, all it took was for him to blame New Zealand Muslims for their own murders (by a white Australian extremist, to boot).
Keep Your Free Speech, Buddy
One of the main things that advocates for total free speech (looking at you, David Leyonhjelm) often ignore is that a society that advocates freedom of expression does not endorse hate speech. Anning missed the memo on that a number of times, first referencing the “Final Solution” in his maiden speech to the Senate and then using a horrific tragedy to underline his feelings about immigration.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young had a few choice words for the disgraced politician, as he attempted to paint himself as the victim of prejudicial treatment in the Senate today:
“You are a disgrace. And don’t smile at me. Don’t smile at us. People lost their lives and you think it is a joke. You think it is a joke. What a disgrace.”
Today’s move has no direct legal implications — we won’t see Anning kicked to the curb just yet — but the Australian Parliament’s website notes of censure motions that, “as an expression of the Senate’s disapproval of actions or policies they may have significant political impact.”
What it means is that there will almost certainly be no one willing to hold Anning’s corner for him in the future. Not the voices in the media that protect him, nor the braying of One Nation and its leader, life-sized tick Pauline Hanson.
The Final Word
According to Guardian Australia, the real last word on today’s censuring was had by Australia’s first female Muslim senator, Mehreen Fahruqi. Could there be a more fitting final note to this fool’s comeuppance? It’s the second time in so many weeks that Anning’s had egg on his face.
Fahruqi had this to say to Anning in the chambers:
“He does not deserve to be in parliament. I have no doubt the community will make sure he is not re-elected in May and I will be doing everything in my power to consign his awful views to the history books where they are so clearly from and where they truly belong.”
I just tabled 1.4m signatures in the Senate calling for the removal of Senator Fraser Anning.
— Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) April 2, 2019
Well said, Senator. We’ve well and truly had enough of this foul rhetoric dominating conversation in #auspol. Time to bin this idiot for good.
As Senator Fahruqi said, “Senator Anning, you are an absolute disgrace, you should be ashamed of yourself and you should resign.”