Fraser Anning, the Katter’s Australian Party senator who shot up the Most Racist Politician rankings with his maiden speech to the upper house yesterday, has defended his usage of the historically loaded words “final solution” in regards to his extreme stance on Australia‘s immigration policies.

Speaking to Sky News this morning – a network which was recently excoriated in its own right for airing an interview with neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell – Anning dismissed his critics, who don’t believe an elected member of the Australian parliament should be throwing around a pair of words most commonly used to describe Nazi Germany‘s attempt to eliminate the Jewish population.

“I certainly won’t be apologising for anything I say,” Anning told First Edition‘s genuinely oppositional host Kieran Gilbert.

“I don’t need to be told what I should and shouldn’t say in this country. I thought, as far as I’m concerned, we have the freedom to say whatever we like.”

“We have the freedom to say whatever we like but, I mean, we also need to be held accountable about what we’re saying,” Gilbert countered.

“You said the ‘final solution’ about [the] immigration issue. Ten million people were slaughtered by Nazis under a ‘final solution’. So, given your inadvertent [statement], as you say, why not apologise?” he asked.

Anning claimed he didn’t mean to insinuate a link to the Holocaust with his statement, so he wouldn’t apologise. He also said “the Jewish people know that I am a big supporter of the Jewish people.”

That’s a very shaky claim at the moment. In a statement provided to PEDESTRIAN.TV, Dr Dvir Abramovich of the Anti-Defamation Commission said Anning had invoked “terminology from the darkest and most unique tragedy in human history cheapens and taints this important debate.

“Mr Anning is entitled to his views, but he discredits himself and his argument by irresponsibly referencing an evil plan that led to the calculated murder of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust.

“This is historical trivialisation of the worst kind imaginable.”

Anning’s speech was also condemned by Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane, who tweeted earlier that “anyone who knows a thing about history would have felt a shiver up their spine.”

FWIW, Anning went on to say his ability to debate was being shut down, while he was in the middle of a bloody televised debate.

You can watch the full interview HERE, if your idea of a fun morning is gazing upon the face of an elected member who blatantly refuses to acknowledge the impact of his blatantly inflammatory language, and his potential to actually exert those cooked views in parliament.

Image: Sky News