New Zealand shooting: Australian senator egged after controversial remarks

While Senator Fraser Anning spoke to reporters, a 17-year-old boy came up behind him and smashed a raw egg on his head, according to British outlet ITV.

In video captured of the incident, he is then seen hitting back at the young man who egged him before several of his supporters forced the man to the ground and kept him held down.

The young male was then led away by Victoria Police staff.

Police said the boy was arrested but released without charge pending a further investigation.

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the comments "contemptible" and said Anning is a disgrace to the Senate.

"The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting", said Mr Morrison hours after addressing the media on the attack.

In a statement Anning blamed Muslims - who were the target of the attack - and immigration for the sickening attack.

Following the backlash, senator Anning deleted many aggressive and discriminatory tweets from his personal account.

Anning, 69, has been criticized in the past for controversial statements, including when he made a speech in Australia's Parliament calling for a "final solution" to immigration. The teen stood calmly behind Fraser before he started up his cellphone camera and set on the senator.

In Australia, ministers and MPs have been quick to slam Anning, discrediting his platform and saying he is not representative of the country's stance on Islam and migration and "should be ashamed of himself".

Australian politicians have also denounced his remarks.

"What I said was that a terribly unfortunate thing, a tragedy, but it's going to be eventually accepted or expected that these sort of things happen".

"It is in everyone's best interest for Senator Anning to make no further statements on this matter".

Earlier, shadow foreign affairs minister Penny Wong condemned Mr Anning's comments as "shameful and pathetic" and said she was " anxious by the rise in extremist views".

Vanessa Coleman

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