BBC: An Australian senator has been widely condemned for a speech that invoked the term “final solution” in a call for immigration restrictions based on race.
Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katter’s Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims and others in his maiden Senate speech on Tuesday.
Political opponents denounced his speech as “disgraceful”. Mr Anning said he did not need to apologise.
“Final solution” was a term infamously used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
In his speech, Mr Anning said “the final solution to the immigration problem is a popular vote”.
On Wednesday, lawmakers across the political divide moved to pass parliamentary motions censuring Mr Anning for his “racist hate speech”, noting in particular his use of the phrase “final solution”, and his “false, misleading and hurtful statements” about Muslim Australians and other immigrant groups.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Mr Anning had made “a shocking insult to the memory” of those murdered in the Holocaust.
The Holocaust was the Nazis’ assault on Jewish people between 1933 and 1945. It culminated in what the Nazis called the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question in Europe”, in which six million Jews were murdered.
Mr Anning has denied that his words were a reference to the Holocaust, describing himself as an advocate for Jewish Australians.
On Wednesday, he said: “I don’t regret anything. I am not going to apologise or regret anything that I say.”
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