Eggs confiscated as Fraser Anning met with Adelaide protests
Controversial Senator Fraser Anning has spent the first day of the federal election campaign in the Adelaide Hills recruiting candidates for his new party and speaking with supporters.
Meeting behind closed doors at a hotel in Hahndorf, the senator's presence in SA also drew a small but vocal group of protesters calling for him to quit politics and rejecting what they said were his anti-Muslim views.
There was also a large police presence with an officer at one stage confiscating what appeared to be a carton of eggs.
That followed an incident last month in which 17-year-old Will Connolly smashed an egg over the senator's head at an event in Melbourne.
Senator Anning said those protesting his presence in SA were entitled to their views.
"Unfortunately those sort of people are happy to have their views but they don't want anyone else to have theirs," he said.
"If they were having a meeting for instance, the people in here wouldn't be out in front of their meeting protesting because they're decent Australians."
But a spokesman for the protesters said there was "nowhere the far right can go where protesters would not be there to confront them".
He said the group was encouraged by the fact that more than one million people had signed a petition calling for Senator Anning to resign over his controversial comments in relation to the mosque massacres in Christchurch.
"We can clearly see that there are people here who are prepared to take a stand against far right views," he said.
He was elected to the Senate as a member of One Nation, but left the party to sit as an independent and has now registered Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party.
He said he had been stunned by the level of support in Adelaide for his new party and encouraged by the 300 people who had already put their hands up across the country to run as candidates.
The senator said party officials were currently going through those applicants to make sure they picked the right people.
He was expected to announce his two SA Senate candidates later on Thursday.
"Our party is a Conservative party who believe in traditional values," the senator said.
"There are a lot of people looking for an alternative to the three parties we have that are all left wing.
"People have had enough of what they've had for the last eight or 10 or 20 years. Australians are fed up with what they've been getting."