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>> I'm pleased to advise->> An Australian politician sparked national outrage on Tuesday with a Senate speech that called for a ban on Muslim migration using an infamous phrase from Nazi Germany. Senator Fraser Anning called for a national vote on who should be allowed into Australia.>> The final solution to the immigration problem, of course, is a popular vote.
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>> After his final solution comment, he went on to say that Muslims were responsible for acts of terror and crime and were dependent on welfare. During World War II, the final solution was a Nazi plan for the genocide of the Jews. Anning's speech has led to calls for an apology from the senator to Holocaust survivors.
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Since then, he claimed he did not know the history of the phrase. Australia's prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, along with the country's opposition leader, condemned Anning's speech on Wednesday.>> There is no place in Australia for racism. We are the most successful multicultural society in the world. Senator Anning's remarks are appalling.
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I condemn them, and I reject them in their entirety.>> Anning has been in Australia's parliament for less than a year and belongs to a loose group of Conservative Independents. But as Reuters' Colin Packham explains from Sydney, his message isn't likely to resonate with most Australians.>> Anning is from a deeply conservative part of the country.
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It's not a message favored by the vast majority of Australians who favor multiculturalism, but they will find that that message draws support amongst a small but influential section of Australian voters.>> Migration's also likely to be front and center in a Federal Election due by May next year.
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>> Immigration is going to be a central issue. There are growing calls for caps and limits to immigration given
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cities. Muslim migration might not be a central issue, but Anning's speech might hijack what was a legitimate mainstream issue and catapult it into a debate about race.
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>> Muslims account for less than 3% of Australia's population according to census data.