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Australian Senator defends decision to attend far-right extremists’ rally despite uproar

MELBOURNE: The controversial Queensland senator has defended his trip to Melbourne to attend ar ally of far-right extremists at taxpayers’ expense.

Senator Fraser Anning says he is stood by his decision to attend the far-right protest at taxpayers’ expense.

Multiple MPs including Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young have expressed their disgrace in the senator.

Almost all political parties have condemned the rally organised by the United Patriots Front. Some participants of the rally made Nazi salutes and wore Nazi insignia.

Senator Anning said he went to the demonstration to protest against violence committed by “African gangs”.

He told Channel Nine: “I’m a supporter of the Jewish community and I fight hard for the Israelis, as everyone knows.”

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said Senator Anning was an “idiot” and the public should not be charged for him to “hang out with these thugs”.

Taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for Fraser Anning to hang out with his Nazi mates. He should pay the money back. The Government should refuse to accept his vote when counting the numbers in Parliament. He’s unfit to be a Senator.

“I don’t think the Australian taxpayer should be footing the bill for him to hang out with these Nazi mates of his,” she said.

Senator Anning, who flew business class and billed taxpayers $3,000 to attend the rally, said he was merely representing the people in his electorate.