Sen­a­tor blasted for wild rally sup­port

Sunday Herald Sun - - Front Page - AN­NIKA SMETHURST

FED­ERAL Sen­a­tor Fraser An­ning is un­der fire for join­ing hun­dreds of far-Right wing ex­trem­ists at a wild protest in St Kilda yes­ter­day.

The fore­shore was in lock­down for hours as po­lice formed a hu­man wall to sep­a­rate war­ring protesters.

Sen­a­tor An­ning flew from Queens- land to at­tend and was filmed with United Pa­tri­ots Front leader Blair Cot­trell.

“This rally is Aus­tralian peo­ple show­ing their dis­gust with the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment for al­low­ing garbage like these Su­danese thugs com­ing into our coun­try,” he said.

Out­raged col­leagues blasted Sen­a­tor An­ning. “Neo-Nazis, white na­tion­al­ists and racial su­prem­a­cists ral­lied in St Kilda ac­com­pa­nied by an Aus­tralian Sen­a­tor,” La­bor MP Tim Watts said.

FED­ERAL Sen­a­tor Fraser An­ning is un­der fire for join­ing hun­dreds of far-Right wing ex­trem­ists at a wild protest in St Kilda yes­ter­day.

The fore­shore was in lock­down for about four hours as po­lice formed a hu­man wall to sep­a­rate war­ring far-Right and anti-racism protesters.

Sen­a­tor An­ning, who re­ceived just 19 first pref­er­ence votes to se­cure the $200,000a-year spot in fed­eral par­lia­ment, flew in from Queens­land to at­tend the rally.

He praised the event on Face­book and posted video of him­self with United Pa­tri­ots Front leader Blair Cot­trell.

The con­tro­ver­sial cross­bencher claimed “Aus­tralia has had enough”.

“I think this is the start of some­thing big­ger. The revo­lu­tion will even­tu­ally start,” he said.

“This rally is Aus­tralian peo­ple show­ing their dis­gust with the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment for al­low­ing garbage like these Su­danese thugs com­ing into our coun­try and … at­tack- ing us in our own coun­try.

“There’s a lot of good Aus­tralians who are com­pletely sick and tired of our gov­ern­ments bring­ing in peo­ple that bludge off us and at­tack us in the streets”

But out­raged col­leagues have blasted Sen­a­tor An­ning — who used the Nazi phrase “fi­nal so­lu­tion” in Par­lia­ment — say­ing his ac­tions make him un­fit for Par­lia­ment.

“The gov­ern­ment should refuse to take Fraser An­ning’s vote. Hang­ing out and sup­port­ing with neo-Nazis who are in­cit­ing vi­o­lence is in­ex­cus­able,” Greens Sen­a­tor Sarah Han­son-Young tweeted.

La­bor MP Tim Watts said racist be­hav­iour can’t be tol­er­ated.

“Around 100 neo-Nazis, white na­tion­al­ists and racial su­prem­a­cists ral­lied in St Kilda ac­com­pa­nied by an Aus­tralian Sen­a­tor.”

Cross­bencher Der­ryn Hinch said Sen­a­tor An­ning’s be­hav­iour was “re­pug­nant”.

At least three men were ar- rested and pep­per spray de­ployed as protesters clashed.

Right-wing protesters were seen wear­ing Aus­tralian flags and giv­ing Nazi salutes.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Tony Silva said he was gen­er­ally pleased with the be­hav­iour of protesters.

Pic­ture: DAVID CROSLING

Far-right wing ac­tivists protest in front of Luna park; Sen­a­tor Fraser An­ning (top right); and (right) with United Pa­tri­ots Front leader Blair Cot­trell.

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