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Senator Anning Defends Slapping 'Eggboy' With Nazi Reference

Senator Fraser Anning has defended slapping a boy across the face after he broke an egg on his head, saying that's what his mother "should have given him" a long time ago.

The Queensland federal MP also said he was acting in self-defence when he struck the Melbourne teenager, now know on social media as 'Eggboy', during a press conference on Saturday.

"He got a slap across the face, which is what his mother should have given him long ago, because he's been misbehaving badly," he told reporters in Brisbane on Monday.

"When somebody cracks you in the back of your head, you react and defend yourself.

"That for years is what Australians have been doing, luckily they did that in the trenches otherwise we'd be all speaking German now."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Senator Anning should face the full force of the law over his actions.

The furore began on the weekend after Senator Anning released a media statement on the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand on Friday.

He was widely condemned by Mr Morrison and other leaders for saying "real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place".

On Monday the senator said his statement was taken out of context and reiterated his condemnation of the violence in New Zealand, which resulted in the deaths of 50 people attending prayers.

"Unfortunately, that sort of violence is already here, usually it's being perpetrated by the Muslims attacking the infidels or Christians," he added.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has urged voters to dump Senator Anning for his comments on the Christchurch attack.

The government and Labor will move a censure motion condemning Senator Anning's comments when parliament returns next month.

"I hope it's not too painful. What's Mr Morrison going to give me? A flogging with his lace hanky or something like that," Senator Anning said.

Senator Anning replaced One Nation's disqualified Malcolm Roberts in 2017 but quit the party to become an independent after falling out with leader Pauline Hanson.

Senator Hanson says she will abstain from any vote to censure Senator Anning because it won't "prove a damn thing".

A censure motion is one of parliament's strongest forms of rebuke.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale wants parliament to go further than censure, saying his party is exploring all options, including changing the Privileges Act to allow politicians to be expelled.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Grafton in NSW, has been charged with one count of murder over the shooting in Christchurch.


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