"Close our borders to Muslims" says Sonia Kruger
AUSTRALIAN television host Sonia Kruger wants Australia to stop Muslim immigration, telling Today Extra viewers on Monday morning that it would help her "feel safe".
Ms Kruger, who also hosts Nine's The Voice, was discussing the latest column by News Limited writer Andrew Bolt in which he blames the latest terrorist attacks on France to its level of Muslim immigration.
Speaking to Lisa Wilkinson, Ms Kruger said despite having "peace-loving, beautiful" Muslim friends, she said it was time to stop allowing Muslim people into Australia.
"Personally, I would like to see it stop now for Australia," she said.
"I want 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."
Co-host David Campbell argued the point saying Australia did not need to ban certain groups from immigrating, but needed tolerance.
"I'd like to see freedom of religion as well, as well as freedom of speech! They both go hand in hand."
Mr Campbell said the Bolt column "breeds hate".
"This sort of article breeds hate".
Ms Kruger said the parents who had children killed in France after a truck drove into a crowd in Nice, killing 84 and injuring 202 more, would disagree with Mr Campbell.
Ms Wilkinson pointed out that the first victim of the Nice attack was a Muslim woman, saying that such attacks don't discriminate on religious grounds.
Ms Wilkinson described Ms Kruger's idea as "the Donald Trump approach".
When asked to clarify if she wanted to close borders to Muslim immigrants, Ms Kruger said, "Yes I would. For the safety of our citizens here, I think it's important".