Apr 3, 2019

Australian senator who blamed Muslims for mosque attacks censured

Sen. Fraser Anning smirks as he's censured in the Australian Senate.

Australian Sen. Fraser Anning is censured for his remarks on the New Zealand terrorist attacks. Photo: Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images

An Australian senator condemned for blaming Muslim immigration for the New Zealand mosque attacks and striking a teenager who egged him for his remarks was censured in Parliament Wednesday.

Details: The official rebuke of Sen. Fraser Anning passed with near-unanimous support. Senate leader Mathias Cormann, introducing the censure, said the remarks were ugly, dangerous and divisive. Labor's Senate leader Penny Wong said, "There is a difference between freedom of speech and hate speech." Anning smirked several times during the censure, which he dismissed as an attack on free speech.

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