Controversial Australian lawmaker 'egged' after comments on New Zealand mass shooting

Christchurch shooting: Sajid Javid slams Australian Senator Fraser Anning over comments

A rabidly anti-Muslim politician in Australia is facing widespread denunciation after immediately blaming a Friday mass shooting in New Zealand - which killed more than 40 people at two local mosques - on the Muslim faith and Muslim immigration.

But amid the controversy, an unidentified young man threw an egg at Mr Anning during a press conference in Melbourne, prompting the senator to hit him in the face repeatedly before being stopped.

The 17-year-old teenage boy at the centre of Senator Fraser Anning's egging has commented after he was set upon by members of Senator Anning's team.

"A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder and is due to appear in the Christchurch District Court tomorrow morning", they wrote in the post.

Reports indicate that the boy has been released by police without charge.

Senator Fraser Anning released a statement that blamed New Zealand's immigration policy for yesterday's terror attacks that have left 49 people dead so far. He tweeted Friday asking if anyone "still" disputed the link between Muslim immigration and violence.

Earlier Saturday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, along with politicians around the world, condemned Mr Anning for his comments.

According to The Australian, "New Zealand's High Commissioner to Australia, Annette King, also rejected Senator Anning's remarks and declared it was up to Australian voters as to whether he remained in federal parliament after the May election".

Anning was speaking to media and reportedly talking about "fake refugees" and the "threat of immigration" when the violence broke out.

The petition, addressed to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi and Liberal Senator Scott Ryan, calls for Senator Anning's forced resignation from parliament. The teenager was also filming the scene on his phone as took an aim on top of Anning's head.

Mr Morrison today announced the Coalition and Labor would pass a motion censuring Senator Anning for the statement when Parliament returns next month.

'We just condemn what he said and I'm absolutely delighted that his comments were condemned from the very top of government here in Australia and by the people of Australia, ' she told reporters in Canberra. "Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators".

Taking to social media last night, Will Connolly addressed the issue for the first time, warning like-minded activists against taking part in such an activity.

Meanwhile, the largest Change.org petition in Australia's history is now underway, with over 797,500 people signing a petition to remove Senator Anning from parliament.

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