Aussie politician claims Muslims are responsible for New Zealand shootings

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

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

Remarks by a far-right Australian senator after the Christchurch terror attack were "sickening" and Islamophobic, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam.

Following the backlash, Australian Senator Fraser Anning deleted many aggressive and discriminatory tweets from his personal account.

"The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program, which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place", Anning said in a statement for media on Friday.

Dr Jneid urged all governments to give extra attention to the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment and extremism and also encouraged all mosques and places of worship and Muslims in Australia to be extra vigilant in the coming days. These comments are appalling and ugly and have no place in Australia and he should be frankly ashamed of himself.

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote: 'Fraser Anning's comments today are contemptible.

Last year, in a Parliament speech, he reportedly called for a "final solution" to Muslim immigrants, recalling the term used by Holocaust-era Nazis to describe the extermination of Jews in Europe.

Labor Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also slammed the "obscure" Senator. "He is a disgrace to the Senate, and what is worse, by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other, he is doing exactly what the terrorists want".

"He deserves the contempt and condemnation of decent people everywhere".

"I find him absolutely disgraceful", Gilbert said.

Many chose not to share the statement at all.

Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?

"Please don't do this today. You might find you like it".

My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the terrible massacre in the Mosques.

He said police have told the multi-faith and multicultural communities in Queensland they will do everything they can to ensure their safety, even though they know there is no credible threat at this time in the State.

He also noted that the terrorist had released an "extreme, violent message" just before the attack.