Racist Aussie politician Fraser Anning loses his Senate seat

The Australian politician who blamed Muslims for the Christchurch attack has lost his Senate seat.

Fraser Anning, who has been booted out of two different political parties over his racist views, was defeated in Saturday's federal election.

His new party, the Conservative National Party - formed just last month - didn't get enough votes for seats in either Australia's upper or lower house, 9 News reported.

Anning caused outrage in April when he suggested a link between Muslim immigration and the Christchurch attack, during which an alleged white supremacist shot about 100 people, killing 51.

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", he said.

Anning's comments got further coverage when a young man dumped an egg on his head, uploading video of the incident to social media.

New Zealand MP Chris Bishop of the National Party told Anning to "f**k off" in a tweet, and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters - who has controversial views on immigration himself - called Anning a "jingoistic moron".

Anning received only 19 votes when he stood in 2016, but after a politician ahead of him was forced to resign, scraped into the Senate.

Since then he's been kicked out of Pauline Hanson's One Nation and Katter's Australian Party over his racist views, which include calling for a return to the White Australia policy and a "final solution to the immigration problem".

Anning's failure in the election was hailed by commentators and MPs.

"Fraser Anning, he goes back to where he came from because he won't come back to the Parliament," said ABC analyst Antony Green.

"One of the great outcomes of this election," said Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman, who retained his North Sydney seat.

Anning has yet to comment on his defeat.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott also lost his seat, after holding it for a quarter-century. The seat was won by independent candidate and Olympian Zali Steggall.



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