Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will withdraw funding for staff allocated to the Katter’s Australian Party.
The decision comes in the wake of KAP Queensland Senator Fraser Anning’s maiden speech in Federal Parliament last month, in which he talked about the “final solution”.
Ms Palaszczuk said Mr Anning’s comments were abhorrent and counter to the most basic human rights, including equality and freedom from discrimination.
“To believe, as we do, in equality and basic human rights means we do not merely support their existence,” the Premier said.
“We stand up and call out those who would rip them away.
“No one uses the words ‘final solution’ except in sorrow, anger and shame.
“Yes, we have the right to free speech in our parliaments but that free speech is not free of consequence nor is it free of responsibility.
“So, because his party will not denounce him, I denounce his party and I withdraw the additional staff I granted to the Katter’s Australian Party.
“That party tolerates the intolerable and defends the indefensible and I will not be a part of it.”
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk