In a widely condemned first speech to Parliament, Queensland senator Fraser Anning has called for a return to the White Australia policy and labelled Safe Schools and gender diversity as “garbage”.

The Katter Australian Party senator told the upper house that Australia should ban Muslims from settling in the country and hold a plebiscite on whether to return to a European-only immigration system.

“We as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are allowed to come here predominantly reflect the historic European-Christian composition of Australian society,” he said.

“Those who come here need to assimilate and integrate.”

Anning then took aim at the Muslim community, and said the reasons for ending Muslim immigration were “compelling and self-evident”.

“The record of Muslims who have already come to this country in terms of rates of crime, welfare dependency, and terrorism are the worst of any migrant [group] and vastly exceed any other immigrant,” he said.

“The majority of Muslims in Australia of working age do not work and live on welfare.

“While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims, so why would anyone want to bring more of them here?”

Politicians have since roundly condemned the speech, with senator Penny Wong delivering an impassioned speech to Senate earlier today.

“Yesterday in this chamber we saw a speech not worthy of this parliament, and a speech that did not reflect the heart of this country,” she said.

“We saw a speech which did not reflect a nation being built by people from every country, or every part of this world.

“A nation that is divided is never safer, and a nation that is divided is never stronger.”

Anning, who unsurprisingly voted No in the marriage equality postal survey last year, also used his speech to attack Safe Schools.

“To describe the so-called ‘Safe Schools’ and ‘gender fluidity’ garbage being peddled in schools as ‘cultural Marxism’ is not a throwaway line but a literal truth,” he said.

“Given that everyone knows there are only two genders, if you can be persuaded to agree to and advocate in support of the false claim that there are ‘an infinite number of genders’, then, without realising it, you have surrendered your political soul.”

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