Anger as an Australian senator blames New Zealand's attack on Muslim immigration World news

An Australian senator was heavily criticized after blaming the New Zealand shooting on Muslim immigration.

In the wake of the attack, which killed 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch, Fraser Anning tweeted: "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?"

In a statement shared by an Australian journalist on Twitter, the Queensland senator also wrote: "As always, left-wing politicians and the media will rush to argue that the causes of today's shootings are related to weapons laws or who has nationalist opinions, but this is all cliché nonsense.

"The real cause of bloodshed in the streets of New Zealand today is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to emigrate to New Zealand in the first place."

The remarks were denounced by the UK home secretary, Sajid Javid, who accused the senator of feeding extremism.

"In a moment of mourning and reflection, this Australian senator … caresses violence and extremism", he tweeted.

"Australians are ashamed of this racist. In no way do they represent our Australian friends."

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: "Senator Fraser Anning's statements blaming the murderous attacks of a violent, right-wing and extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting.

"Those opinions do not take place in Australia, let alone the Australian parliament."

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote: "Fraser Anning's comments today are contemptible.

"It is a disgrace for the Senate and what is worse, spreading hatred and turning Australians into one another, doing exactly what the terrorists want".

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