The largest Change.org petition in Australia’s history is currently underway, with more than a million people banding together to have controversial Queensland Senator Fraser Anning removed from parliament.
By 7.30pm tonight 1,000,432 people had signed the petition which has now lifted its target to 1.5 million signatures.
Senator Anning sparked widespread outrage after blaming New Zealand’s immigration policy for the Christchurch mosque terror attack on Friday that killed 50 people.
“Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?” he wrote on Twitter.
“I wonder if there will be as much outrage from the left wing when the next Muslim terrorist attack occurs? Most likely silence and talk about “lone wolf attacks, mental illness and no connection to Islam.”
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.
“Senator Fraser Anning has no place in the government of our democratic and multicultural country,” it reads.
“Within the bounds of Australian law, we request that he be pushed to resign from his position as Senator, and if appropriate, be investigated by law enforcement agencies for supporting right wing terrorism.
“Fraser Anning, under the banner of Senator, made multiple offensive statements about (the Christchurch attack). He said ‘The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place’.”
The petition, launched two days ago, also points to the Senator’s maiden parliamentary speech which referenced ‘The Final Solution’ - a Nazi plan for the genocide of Jews during World War Two.
“We call on the Australian government to assist in demanding a resignation from this man who blames victims for their own violent deaths, and uses references to genocide to further his hateful agenda,” it reads.
“There is no place in Australian government for Neo-Nazis. There is no place for bigotry. There is no place for hate speech.”
Sally Rugg, the executive director of Change.org Australia, said the petition could easily reach the million-vote mark on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Morrison Government and Labor Opposition have agreed to move a joint-motion censuring Senator Anning when the Senate returns in April.
Mr Anning could also face charges for allegedly assaulting the Melbourne teenager who smashed an egg on his head during a press conference on Saturday.
Footage appears to show the Senator swinging his fist in retaliation at 17-year-old Will Connelly.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the “full force of the law” should be applied to Senator Anning.