Australia senator egged after Christchurch terror attack comments

The moment a young man broke an egg on Australian Senator Fraser Anning's head

The moment a young man broke an egg on Australian Senator Fraser Anning's head

Video footage shows the Australian senator from Queensland, Fraser Anning, speaking to reporters at a meeting of his Conservative National Party in Melbourne, while a young man stands nearby listening.

The teenager who egged Senator Fraser Anning after he blamed immigration for the Christchurch Mosque massacre has seen his social media following grow by tens of thousands.

A police statement said the boy was arrested but was released without charge pending further enquires. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) Police escort witnesses away from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.

After the terrorist attack by a white supremacist that left 49 dead, Anning: "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?"

The same day, the lawmaker said, "This kind of violent vigilantism ... highlights the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence".

An online fundraising page is collecting donations to pay for the teen's legal fees and to buy "more eggs".

At his Saturday press conference in Melbourne, a young protester attacked him with an egg.

In a statement released just hours after the attack, Mr Anning condemned the self-professed fascist but said that "usually (Muslims) are the perpetrators".

His comments, which his media team confirmed as legitimate, sparked widespread outrage, including a tweet from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Australia's PM said that "those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian parliament".

"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, shadow foreign affairs minister Penny Wong condemned Mr Anning's comments as "shameful and pathetic" and said she was " anxious by the rise in extremist views".

In Australia, ministers and MPs have been quick to slam Anning, discrediting his platform and saying he is not representative of the country's stance on Islam and migration and "should be ashamed of himself".

American actress Chelsea Peretti tweeted: "why did egg boy vid make me cry". That one, who, yesterday issued a statement, blaming the Christchurch attack on lenient immigration policy?

Anning, who represents Queensland, is an independent who holds strong far-right and anti-immigrant views.