The TV presenter Sonia Kruger has called for an end to Muslim immigration to Australia, saying she agrees with the USA presidential candidate Donald Trump's stance on immigration.
It's important to note that Sonia Kruger's comments were not taken out of context, nor could they be blamed on a slip of the tongue.
Sonia Kruger on the Today show.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says there will be no change to Australia's no discriminatory approach to immigration.
Kruger repeated Bolt's claim in his Monday column, Muslim migration in France opens door to terror, and said that Japan didn't have many Muslims migrants so it had no terrorist attacks.
Kruger's comments were condemned by Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner, who urged people to speak out against stereotyping Muslims.
In response, Kruger referred to a column by News Corp's columnist Andrew Bolt where he linked Muslim immigration to France for the recent spate of terrorist attacks in the country.
Co-host David Campbell argued the point saying Australia did not need to ban certain groups from immigrating, but needed tolerance. "They both go hand in hand".
"This sort of article breeds hate". You're not allowed to discuss it?
He responded that "you are allowed to talk about it and you are allowed to celebrate and worship whatever you want and whatever you don't want".
'I would venture that if you spoke to the parents of those children killed in Nice then they would be of the same opinion'.
Wilkinson, who appeared incredulous during parts of Kruger's rant, interjected that "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".
The conversation went back and forth with Lisa Wilkinson finally bringing it to a point when she asked Sonia "Just to clarify, Sonia, are you saying you would like our borders closed to Muslims at this point?"
Kruger replied: "Yes I would".
About an hour ago, Kruger tweeted a statement defending her comments: "Following the atrocities of last week in Nice where 10 children lost their lives, as a mother, I believe it's vital in a democratic society to be able to discuss these issues without automatically being labelled racist".