Sonia Kruger issued a statement this morning about her controversial comments yesterday regarding Muslim immigration in Australia. She has acknowledged that her call to close Australia’s borders to all Muslims may be seen as extreme, but she has defended her right to voice her opinion without being labelled a racist.
An emotional Kruger defended her comments and did not back down from her stance when she opened Channel Nine’s Today Extra program this morning.
The host, said she had nothing but “complete respect” for people of all races and religions but explained she was left in utter disbelief upon hearing the news of the attack in Nice on Bastille Day.
“I saw the image of a baby covered in a plastic sheet with a doll lying beside her and it rocked me to the very core,” Kruger said.
“I imagine what that must have been like for the people of Nice, for the friends of and families of the lost, and the thought that it could happen here terrifies me. This type of attack affects people from all walks of life, and I want to make it very clear that I have complete respect for people of all races and religions.
I acknowledge my views yesterday may have been extreme.”
Kruger went on with her firm yet emotional response saying she acknowledges the fact Australia is a multicultural society yet believes we need to find a solution to the ongoing threat of terror on our shores.
“Is there a solution? I don’t know. We elect politicians to make those calls. They analyse and then they decide and we hope they get it right.
It’s a privilege to live in a country such as Australia which embraces a multicultural society, but there is no simple answer here and if we are to find a solution to the situation at the very least we need to be able to discuss it.”