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Australian senator faces censure for anti-immigration stance

Sen. Fraser Anning came under blistering criticism over tweets on Friday including one that said: ``Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?''

By: AP | Canberra | Published: March 16, 2019 5:23:36 pm
A teenager breaks an egg on the head of Senator Fraser Anning while he holds a press conference, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Melbourne, New Zealand.

An Australian senator has had a raw egg cracked over his head and faces censure from his fellow lawmakers after sparking outrage by blaming Muslim immigration for the New Zealand mosque shootings.

Sen. Fraser Anning came under blistering criticism over tweets on Friday including one that said: “Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?”

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.

Police said the boy was arrested but was released without charge pending a further investigation.

The government and opposition party agreed to pass a censure motion against Anning over his stance on the Christchurch shootings when Parliament resumes in April.

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