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Watch: Senator Cory Bernardi defends Sonia Kruger: ‘Muslim is not a race’

Senator Cory Bernardi has told Sky News he will defend Sonia Kruger’s right to freedom of speech after the Civil and Administrative Tribunal refused an application by the Nine Network to have a racial vilification complaint dismissed.

The complaint came in 2016 after Kruger endorsed an article by columnist Andrew Bolt during a segment of the Today Show.

“I mean, personally, I think Andrew Bolt has a point here, that there is a correlation between the number of people who, you know, are Muslim in a country and the number of terrorist attacked,” she said.

“Now I have a lot of very good friends who are Muslim, who are peace-loving who are beautiful people, but there are fanatics. Personally I would like to see it stopped now for Australia. Because I want to feel safe, as all our citizens do, when they go out to celebrate Australia day.”

Senator Bernardi hit back, calling the response to Kruger’s comments an “abject disgrace.”

Whether you agree with her or not, everyone is allowed to have an opinion on migration in this country – the number of migrants, where they’re coming from, whether they’re going to strengthen our cultural identity, or our economic foundations, whether they’re going to integrate socially. These are the most critical things in defending our country.


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