Australian politician sparks outrage when he blames ‘Muslim immigration’ for mosque attack

Queensland Senator Fraser Anning got egged by an unnamed young man during a press conference in Melbourne

An Australian senator who sparked outrage for blaming Muslim immigration for the New Zealand mosque shootings has been hit on the head with a raw egg.

Videos shared online show far-right lawmaker Fraser Anning aiming at least two strikes at the youngster at an event in Melbourne.

The teenager was briefly arrested but later released without being charged, according to Victoria police.

In a statement released on his official parliamentary letterhead, Anning seemingly laid blame for the massacre at the feet of the Muslim community.

The senator had drawn widespread condemnation for his remarks after 49 were killed in the attacks on two Christchurch mosques by Australia-born terrorist Brenton Tarrant.

Among the criticism was a rebuke by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who described the statement as "disgusting".

The Queensland senator condemned the actions of the gunman but added that the real reason behind the bloodshed was Muslims migrating to New Zealand.

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At the same time as the PM was there, members of the Mongrel Mob, wearing branded jackets, vests, and t-shirts, were spotted. Tarrant - an Australian citizen - live-streamed chilling footage of the attack as it was in progress.

Police later arrived and took the young man into custody.

Australia's government and opposition party agreed to pass a censure motion against Anning over his stance on the shootings when Parliament resumes in April. "He should be, frankly, ashamed of himself", the Aussie premier was quoted as saying.

Mr Shorten said Senator Anning was "chasing a headline" and wondered whether his comments had made Australians less safe overseas.

"What is worse, by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other, he is doing exactly what the terrorists want", Turnbull said.

"No, but we do see the link between certain senators and violence", wrote one man on Twitter.

"It is disgusting and has no place in the Australian Parliament and hopefully the voters will deal with this fellow in the most effective way".

Earlier on Saturday, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton instructed Senator Anning not to make any further public comment on the matter.

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