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Australian senator faces censure for anti-immigration stance

16 March 2019

Television cameras caught a 17-year-old boy breaking an egg on Anning's head and briefly scuffling with the independent senator while he was holding a news conference Saturday in Melbourne.

On Saturday, a GoFundMe page dedicated to "Our Hero EggBoi" was created to buy the teen "more eggs" and pay for his "legal fees".

The Senator later took to Twitter to further express his opinions. Supporters were then filmed piling onto the boy pinning him to the ground before he was arrested by police.

His comments sparked outrage across the country, and an online petition calling for his removal from parliament gained over 265 000 signatures within 24 hours.

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The Queensland senator, who previously called for a ban on Muslim immigration and is now under fire for blaming New Zealand's lax immigration policies for recent mosque shootings, was in Melbourne giving an interview to reporters on Friday when a young man started recording, then smashed an egg into the back of his head.

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Commenting on Anning's remarks, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there was no place for his "disgusting" views.

The Senator's comments were swiftly condemned. "Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament", Morrison tweeted.

Mr Javid tweeted: "At a time for grieving and reflection, this Australian senator @fraser-anning fans the flames of violence & extremism".

Similarly, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described Mr Anning's as "contemptible", and called him a "disgrace to the Senate".

"I do wonder if he's made Australians less safe overseas", he told reporters in Melbourne.

Australian senator faces censure for anti-immigration stance