Anning’s maiden speech reaction

In a provocative first speech to Parliament, Queensland senator Fraser Anning has called for a return to a “European Christian” immigration system and a ban on Muslims migrating to Australia.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi said he had problems with sections of Senator Anning’s speech.

The Katter’s Australian Party senator’s praise for the White Australia policy has been swiftly condemned by his parliamentary opponents.

“We as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are allowed to come here predominantly reflect the historic European-Christian composition of Australian society. Those who come here need to assimilate and integrate,” he said

He said migrants should embrace the English language and Australian values, saying cultural diversity undermined social cohesion, “Ethnocultural diversity … has been allowed to rise to dangerous levels in many suburbs. In direct response, self-segregation, including white flight from poorer inner-urban areas, has become the norm.”

The Queenslander called for migration numbers to be slashed, and a ban on Muslim people migrating to Australia.

He said the Muslim community had “consistently shown itself to be the least able to assimilate and integrate”.

Senator Bernardi told ABC Radio Adelaide this morning, he disagrees with a key policy element of Senator Anning’s speech.