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Fraser Anning egged after Christchurch comments

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 6 days ago Freya Noble

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the government will censure Queensland senator Fraser Anning over his comments about the mosque shootings in New Zealand.

Mr Morrison said there had been discussions between Senators Mathias Cormann and Penny Wong about a bipartisan motion when Parliament returns in April.

"These comments are appalling and they're ugly and they have no place in Australia. In the Australian Parliament also. And he should be, frankly, ashamed of himself" he said.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Queensland Senator Fraser Anning. © AAP Queensland Senator Fraser Anning. Scott Morrison wearing a suit and tie: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has denounced statement made by Senator Fraser Anning Prime Minister Scott Morrison has denounced statement made by Senator Fraser Anning

The PM’s comments came just before Anning was egged at a public event in Melbourne.

Footage from the incident shows a young man smashing an egg on the Senator’s head. Anning appears to retaliate before the 17-year-old is restrained by members of the public.

“Police arrested a 17-year-old male from Hampton after he allegedly threw an egg at a 69-year-old Brisbane man at an address in Moorabbin this afternoon during a planned meeting,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

“The 17-year-old has been released pending further enquiries.”

There is also a petition circluating online calling for the Queensland Senator's resignation.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier hit out at the independent senator's comments in a tweet on Friday.

"The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. These views have no place in Australia, let alone in the Australian Parliament."

a man talking on a cell phone: People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand. © AP People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten voiced his anger at the comments.

"While families in Christchurch mourn for loved ones they've lost, an obscure Australian senator saw this act of terrorism and tragedy as an opportunity to blame the murder victims," he tweeted

Earlier, shadow foreign affairs minister Penny Wong condemned Mr Anning's comments as "shameful and pathetic" and said she was " worried by the rise in extremist views".

a man smiling for the camera: Brothers Yama and Omar Nabi, whose father was killed in the attack, pictured outside the Christchurch District Court this morning. (AAP) © AAP Brothers Yama and Omar Nabi, whose father was killed in the attack, pictured outside the Christchurch District Court this morning. (AAP)

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke also condemned the comments from Anning, blaming the Islamic community for the New Zealand mosque shooting, as "hate speech" and "horrific and sick".

Mr Burke told the ABC "the normalisation of bigotry is something that is not only confined to him".

"We need to call it out, we need to make sure that no way any member of parliament fosters it. He wants the conflict and he wants the notoriety," he said on Saturday.

- With AAP

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