One of Senator Fraser Anning’s key political advisors has resigned in protest following one of the most roundly rebuked and blatantly racist parliamentary speeches in recent memory.

Taking to LinkedIn yesterday, Richard Mcgilvray announced he stepped down from his post in response to Anning’s maiden speech before the Senate.

In case you missed it, Anning called for a return to the White Australia policy and used the terminology “final solution” in reference to immigration reform. Not good, by any stretch of the imagination.

“I do not condone Senator Anning’s speech,” Mcgilvray wrote.

“His reference to ‘the Final Solution’ was not something I had seen, heard of, or discussed prior to his remarks last night and as a consequence, within hours of Senator Anning’s speech, I resigned my position effective immediately.”

According to his LinkedIn, Mcgilvray had liaised with corporate bigwigs, government officials, and voters on behalf of Anning since November 2017.

While the resignation may have shaken things up behind the scenes at Katter’s Australia Party, the group’s namesake did his best to present a unified front yesterday. Senator Bob Katter didn’t just defend Anning’s remarks, he told reporters he supported them “1000 per cent.”

Expect Mcgilvray to be replaced with someone more pliant to political party which has now deliberately framed itself as more extreme than One Nation. 

Source: Kieran Gilbert / Sky News Australia
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