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How the British Parliament would have dealt with the Fraser Anning petition

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21.03.2019

London: On Thursday, the Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi will receive a petition signed by more than 1.3 million Australians calling for Senator Fraser Anning's removal from Parliament.

While there are no powers for such an expulsion under the constitution, Kate Ahmad's petition has garnered the largest number of signatures in the history of online petitions in Australia.

More than 1.2 million Australians have sent a message to former One Nation member Senator Fraser Anning.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Such was the disgust at Anning's heinous claim that the Muslim victims of the Christchurch attack were to blame for the violence perpetrated against them, that in the petition's first three hours it had amassed 120,000 signatures.

That's roughly 6000 signatures for every below-the-line vote Anning received at the ballot box in the 2016 election.

Australians are generally pretty apathetic when it comes to politics, so for more than a million people to sign a petition in five days suggests Anning's comments are........

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