The Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) has doubled down on its support for its only Senator Fraser Anning—whose speech earlier this week about limiting immigration caused a controlled media uproar when he used the phrase a “final solution” to the problem.
In a statement on the KAP website, party President Shane Paulger said that his party “would not be silenced.”
“On Tuesday KAP Senator Fraser Anning made his maiden speech in Parliament. The Australian media and the Left managed to twist and change it into something that it certainly was not,” Paulger said.
“Fraser spoke of how he was born to a cattle grazing family in far North West Queensland, who have been cattle farmers for over one hundred years.
“He discussed his work history as a grazier, a builders labourer, a pilot, a light plane manufacturer, a gas industry worker and a hotelier. He also reflected on the Joh era remembering it as Queensland’s golden age.
“He listed his political goals which are to reduce immigration levels and restrict entry to those who best assimilate, to break the oligopoly power of the banks, to get a better deal for working families and farmers, to achieve major infrastructure development in far North and Western Queensland, to restore personal freedom and speech, to make affordable home ownership a national priority, to counter the growing threat of China both outside and within Australia, to slash runaway government spending and with it taxes on productive enterprises, to build coal fired power stations to return us to the cheapest power in the world, to slash the regulatory burden that is crippling the general aviation industry, to take back our culture from left-wing extremists and his most immediate concern of all, to save agriculture in this country,” the statement continued.
“Despite this heartfelt and honest speech, the Australian media and the Left managed to twist and change it into something that it certainly was not.
“Bob [party founder and Federal Member of Parliament, Bob Katter] said this week in response to the media circus, ‘Absolutely, 1000%, I support everything he said…He talked about the right to collectively bargain for our farmers and our workers. It was a magnificent speech. It was solid gold.’
“To our current members and supporters, we thank you for your continued support and encouragement and we welcome all of our new supporters with open arms. On behalf of you and the Australian people. We will not be silenced,” Paulger’s statement ended.
Anning, who was elected to the Senate on Pauline Hanson’s One Nation ticket, joined the KAP after falling out with Hanson.
In his maiden speech to parliament on Tuesday, he slammed Muslim immigration, criticized cultural Marxism and said that there were only two genders.
At the end of his speech, Anning said that the “final solution to the immigration problem, of course, is a popular vote. Of course, we don’t need a plebiscite to cut immigration numbers, we just need a government that is willing to institute sustainable population policy and end Australian job stealing 457 visas and make student visas conditional on foreign students returning to the country they came from. What we do need a plebiscite for is to decide who comes here.”
This sensible policy was too much for the far leftists in the Australian parliament, who went into shock at the words “final solution” which they immediately ascribed to Nazi Germany.
Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, who is Jewish, said the comments were “ignorant and insensitive … they were hurtful and divisive”.
But Anning refused to back down, using a series of interviews on Wednesday morning to insist he was being targeted by the “thought police” for his use of the term “final solution”.
“I hadn’t even thought about it,” he told 2GB’s Alan Jones, adding that Muslim immigration should be banned completely.
“If you have a jar of jelly beans and three of them are poisonous, you’re not going to try any of them,” he said.
“I think the safest thing for Australia is that we don’t have any more of them [Muslims] coming into the place.”
* Anning was also condemned by One Nation leader Hanson, who revealinglyl said that she was “appalled” by his speech.
She claimed it was written by a sacked staffer to Malcolm Roberts—the former One Nation senator replaced by Anning—and was “”straight from the Goebbels handbook for the Nazi Germany.”
“We are a multi-racial society and I have always advocated you do not have to be white to be Australian,” Hanson added.
According to the KAP’s website, the party also states that marriage must be a “union between a man and a woman,” that all state privatization must be halted and that all previsly privatized state assets have to be and renationalized, to “prevent overseas companies owning basic services [which] will need big profits for their shareholders.”
* Furthermore, the party demands that the Government “must stop the use of 457 visas by big business as a means to replace or undermine Australian workers and Australian award pay and conditions.”