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Australian election hopeful sunk by Islam gaffe

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 00:42

Aug. 10 - Australia's One Nation party candidate Stephanie Banister withdraws from the federal election race after calling Islam a country and saying that Jews follow Jesus Christ. Lily Grimes reports.

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A candidate from Australia's One Nation Party has withdrawn from the federal election race after an interview gaffe went viral. Stephanie Banister said this when launching her campaign. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ONE NATIONAL PARTY CANDIDATE, STEPHANIE BANISTER, SAYING: "I don't oppose Islam as a country, but I do feel that their laws should not be welcomed here in Australia." It seems Banister also confused Haram with the Muslim religious text, the Koran. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ONE NATIONAL PARTY CANDIDATE, STEPHANIE BANISTER, SAYING: "Less than two percent of Australians follow Haram." The confusion continued... (SOUNDBITE) (English) ONE NATIONAL PARTY CANDIDATE, STEPHANIE BANISTER, SAYING: "Jews aren't under Haram, they have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ." Australians go to the polls on September 7.

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Australian election hopeful sunk by Islam gaffe

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 00:42