Sonia Kruger sparked controversy this morning when she voiced her opinion regarding Muslims and their entry into Australia. Her comments saw an uncomfortable stand off with her co-host David Campbell.
Campbell and Today host Lisa Wilkinson were left visibly surprised at Kruger’s announcement that she would like to see the immigration of Muslim people to Australia “stopped now … because I would like to feel safe”.
She went on to say that “as a mother, I believe it’s vital in a democratic society to be able to discuss these issues without automatically being labelled racist”.
The comments came on the back of a discussion about an article by conservative columnist Andrew Bolt, who wrote that terrorists had made France “Europe’s bloodiest battlefield” because “France let in the most Muslims”.
“We are fools not to change our own immigration policies to protect ourselves,” Bolt said.
Kruger agreed: “Personally I think Andrew Bolt has a point here that there is a correlation between the number of Muslims in a country and the number of terrorist attacks.”
Despite Kruger wanting no more Muslims to enter the country, she added that she had “a lot of friends who are Muslim who are peace-loving, who are beautiful people, but there are fanatics.”
“Personally I would like to see the immigration of Muslims stopped now for Australia because I would like to feel safe as all of our citizens do when they go out to celebrate Australia Day and I’d like to see freedom of speech.”
The opinions voiced by Kruger were compared to those shared by One Nation leader Pauline Hanson by Campbell who said: “This breeds hate. This sort of article breeds hate.”
Kruger then cut him off, saying: “What, so you’re not allowed to talk about it, you’re not allowed to discuss it?”
Wilkinson, who looked quite stunned by Kruger’s comments wanted to clarify the point that these attacks kill Muslims also: “in fact the very first person who was killed, mown down in that truck, was a Muslim woman so it’s killing Muslims, it’s indiscriminate”.
“Just to clarify, Sonia, are you saying you would like our borders closed to Muslims at this point?” Wilkinson said.
Kruger replied: “Yes I would.”
And just like that the can of worms have been opened!