Fraser Anning has raised eyebrows yet again with controversial comments that compared Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s egging on Tuesday to the Christchurch massacre.
At a media conference in Moorabbin to introduce the nine Victorian candidates for his Conservative National Party, Anning was asked about the incident that saw a protester attempt to egg Scott Morrison in Albury that morning. He responded that the woman’s actions were “no different” from the accused gunman who shot and killed 50 people in New Zealand in March in an act of anti-Muslim terrorism.
“No one wants to be egged. I can tell you from experience that it’s not much fun,” Anning said.
“The loonies out there among the population tend to do stupid things. And really, attacking a human for his views is no different from the lunatic who attacked the people in the Mosque in New Zealand, only he went a lot further.”
When asked to clarify whether he was equating the two events, one of his supporters came to his defence.
“That is, I’m sure, the way you’ll report it, but no,” Anning responded. “I said that attacking somebody because they have a different opinion is not acceptable, either an egging or the lunatic in New Zealand.”
This is not the first time that Anning has courted controversy for his views on this attack. Following the massacre, he released an official statement (below) where he blamed the incident on “the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place”.
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The young woman who attempted to egg Scott Morrison has been charged with common assault and is due to appear in court on May 27.