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Fraser Anning holds press conference at Cronulla riots flashpoint

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 26/04/2019 Nick Pearson

Senator Fraser Anning has defended his decision to hold a press conference at one of the flashpoints of the Cronulla riots.

Senator Anning said he was not afraid to come to the beachside suburb, giving his press conference in front of a playground were children were playing.

a group of people posing for the camera: The 2005 Cronulla riots became international news. © AAP The 2005 Cronulla riots became international news. "As you know, this area is the Prime Minister's seat, and there's been all sorts of problems here with the Muslim immigrants who have come in here and attacked people right here where we're standing now," the Queensland senator said.

Some of his comments were met with applause, but he was confronted by a local who took umbrage at his anti-immigrant comments.

A supporter of Senator Anning yelled back at the local.

Facebook suggested a Senate censure of Fraser Anning could help inform its new, harder stance against white nationalism and separatism content. © AAP Image/Dan Peled Facebook suggested a Senate censure of Fraser Anning could help inform its new, harder stance against white nationalism and separatism content. The same supporter told a local crime reporter that she "lived in a world of make-believe" when she said there was not any recent examples of hate crime from Muslims or Sudanese people in the area.

The 2005 Cronulla riots were a series of racially-motivated attacks by a mob of around 5000 mostly white people against non-white beachgoers.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Thousands of people descended on Cronulla Beach during the 2005 riots. © AAP Thousands of people descended on Cronulla Beach during the 2005 riots. Senator Anning was in Cronulla to promote his candidate Peter Kelly, one of dozens of candidates running as part of his newly formed Conservative National Party.

Already one of his candidates, Bendigo's Julie Hoskin, has been ruled ineligible because of bankruptcy.

"She's a good girl," Senator Anning said of the 54-year-old.

A police officer tries to protect a non-white man set upon during the Cronulla riots. © AAP A police officer tries to protect a non-white man set upon during the Cronulla riots. "She was illegally bankrupted. She declared that on the form."

Senator Anning said he vetted 300 candidates for his party over 10 days.

"In every election you've got somebody who's got something in the closet," he said.

"I think most of them are decent people. We might find that there's an axe murderer."


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