Australian Senator Who Blamed Muslims For Mosque Shooting Has Lost Re-Election

Fraser Anning, who sparked outrage when he said Muslim immigration was to blame for the New Zealand mosque shootings, has been defeated in his bid to return to the Senate.

The anti-immigration politician egged by a teenage boy earlier this year has lost his seat in the Australian parliament following the country’s federal election.

His party – Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party – failed to get the votes needed to win a single seat in either the upper or lower houses, according to Australia’s 9News network.

After Saturday’s elections in Australia, Anning will no longer have a place in parliament, Australia’s SBS News reported. An Australian Broadcasting Corporation pundit commented on Anning’s loss by saying, “Fraser Anning goes back to where he came from… he won’t be in the Parliament.” 

Though the center-left Labor party lost to the center-right Liberal National coalition, Anning’s loss was viewed as “one of the great outcomes of this election,” according to North Sydney Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman.

Anning received sharp backlash from the public and fellow lawmakers when he tweeted a response to the attacks in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 51 people were shot and killed.

“The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place,” he wrote.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the comment, writing on Twitter “Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian parliament.”

Controversial Independent Senator Fraser Anning has been caught on camera punching a young protester after the boy cracked an egg on the back of his head at an event in Moorabbin. A 17-year-old boy was arrested and released without charge pending investigation. #auspol #7News

— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) March 16, 2019

In March TV cameras caught 17-year-old Will Connelly breaking an egg on the senator’s head before being wrestled to the ground by Mr Anning’s supporters at a Melbourne news conference. The teenager was hailed by many as a hero and became widely known as “egg boy”.

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