Since The New Daily revealed Fraser Anning’s tendency to demonise minorities on Facebook, the newest recruit to Bob Katter’s political party has continued to use his social media page to launch race-based attacks.
The former One Nation senator, whose controversial maiden speech sparked widespread condemnation from almost all sides of Parliament, has used his public figure page to further perpetuate racial stereotypes.
The page, which has more than 30,000 followers and 28,000 likes, prominently features meme-like posts attacking Australian minorities.
In November 2017, Senator Anning quit One Nation, about an hour after being sworn in, and sat as an independent before formally joining Katter’s Australia Party in June.
Since June, Senator Anning has posted about 16 controversial Photoshopped messages, which criticised the United Nations pact on migration, associated foreign aid to machete-wielding African men and angry-looking middle easterners, and perpetuated myths around African gang violence.
Most of the images were credited to Katter’s Australian Party.
In one of his latest divisive posts, Senator Anning posed the question “why are we looking after illegal so-called ‘refugees’ and not our own citizens?” next to a photo comparing “Manus Island refugees” to a “drought-stricken farmer”.
This is an absolute joke! Why are we looking after illegal so called “refugees” and not our own citizens?
Another of Senator Anning’s most recent posts calls on the government to halt funding to a “Muslim-only football academy”, arguing “our tax dollars should be spent on infrastructure, paying down debt or looking after our veterans, pensioners or farmers”.
Our tax dollars should be spent on infrastructure, paying down debt or looking after our veterans, pensioners or farmers. Not on a Muslim only football academy.
Before his appointment in November as a senator for Queensland, the outspoken politician deleted his personal Facebook page, which he had also used to share controversial messages.
The posts uncovered by The New Daily questioned if former US president Barack Obama was a Muslim and commended a speech made by Russian President Vladimir Putin that bashed minorities.
The New Daily contacted Senator Anning’s office for comment.