The Australian Senate today condemned nationalist lawmaker Fraser Anning for blaming Muslim immigration for the March 15 attack on two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people.
The upper house approved a motion of censure by assent of all the groups and without a formal vote against the controversial independent senator, in a symbolic condemnation that will not mean his expulsion from the legislature.
"It is important that the Parliament join in condemning these appalling comments that have been made," said Finance Minister and spokesman for the government group in the Senate, Mathias Cormann.
The spokeswoman of the opposition Labor Party, Penny Wong, described as "pathetic" and "shameful" the words of Anning, who avoided being present in the Senate during the motion.
Anning won criticism from the bulk of the Australian political class after assuring that the Christchurch massacre perpetrated by the Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant was the fault of the policies "that allow the migration of fanatical Muslims".
The independent senator for the state of Queensland, who has repeatedly refused to apologize for his words, said before the motion of censure that his "real crime was telling the truth when left-wing media and politicians did not want to hear it."
Anning, who in the past used the Nazi term "final solution" to ask to apply to immigration in Australia, starred in an altercation with a teenager who smashed an egg in his head for his comments on the attack.