Deb Frecklington has ripped into Fraser Anning for comments he made in his maiden speech.
Deb Frecklington has ripped into Fraser Anning for comments he made in his maiden speech. Warren Lynam

Frecklington slams 'hateful' maiden speech

DEB Frecklington has taken a Katter Australia Party senator to task over "hateful" comments he made in his maiden speech.

Fraser Anning caused outrage after his speech, in which he called for a "plebiscite to allow the Australian people to decide whether they want wholesale non-English speaking immigrants from the Third World, and particularly whether they want any Muslims".

His use of the term "Final Solution", a term referring to the official code name for the genocide of Jews during World War II, was considered particularly offensive.

"It was hateful speech that will only divide the nation and Queensland," Ms Frecklington said.

Senator Anning has denied the link between his use of the term and its historical context, saying he "didn't even think" about whether it would be offensive.

"All I said was the final solution to the immigration problem is a vote of the Australian people," he told host Georgie Gardner on the Today show this morning. "That has nothing to do with the 'Final Solution', the thought police got on to that.

"For everyone to take it out of context is a joke and (to) try and shutdown debate.

"Good men died for our right to say whatever we want to say and use whatever words we want to use."

While Senator Anning refused to apologise, Ms Frecklington said a condemnation of his comments was in order.

"The comments are a disgrace, I call on Robbie Katter to condemn the comments," she said.

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