Australian senator Fraser Anning

Australian senator Fraser Anning sits in the chamber during a session at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.

(Meredith) -- Communities are outraged after an Australian senator blamed the deadly terror attacks at two New Zealand mosques on Muslim immigration.

In a press release, Senator Fraser Anning for Queensland said, "The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place."

Anning went on to say, "Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators. World-wide, Muslims are killing people in the name of their faith on an industrial scale."

Anning also wrote on Twitter that he wondered if there will be as much outrage when the next terrorist attack carried out by a Muslim happens.

The attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand left 49 people dead and at least 20 people seriously injured. 

Although Anning made several controversial comments in the press release, he also said he condemns the actions of the gunmen in the Christchurch attacks and is "utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community."

Anning's statements were quickly denounced by several political leaders, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

"The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament," Morrison tweeted.

Two petitions on change.org have been created to remove Anning from office. One has reached 93,600 signatures by Friday afternoon, and the other has reached 53,400 signatures.

This is not the first time Anning has been the center of controversy. In Oct. 2018, he was kicked out of his political party after he gave a speech questioning Muslim immigration and non-English-speaking immigration. According to The Guardian, he called for a "final solution" to the problem -- which many took as a reference to Hitler and the Holocaust.

Anning was condemned again in Jan. 2019 when he defended himself for attending a "fascist rally" in Melbourne, according to The Guardian.

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