"Nation of Islam" Candidate quits election race

THE One Nation candidate ridiculed after referring to Islam as a country in a television interview has withdrawn from the election campaign.

Stephanie Banister, 27, was running for the seat of Rankin in Queensland but One Nation leader Jim Savage told reporters on Saturday Ms Banister has decided to withdraw following the fallout from her interview with the Seven Network.

During the interview, which Mr Savage says was misrepresentative, Ms Banister referred to Islam as a country as well as referring to the Koran as "haram". She also said the national disability insurance scheme was "working at the moment", when it does not begin until 2016.

"She continues to have the full support of the One Nation executive, and contrary to reports on the media last night and in the newspapers today, Stephanie has not been disendorsed and will not be disendorsed," Mr Savage said.
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"However, due to the threats against Stephanie's family, herself, her children, the abuse she's copped and the enormous pressure she's been put under, Stephanie has decided she wants to withdraw from the candidacy for the seat of Rankin. We have accepted it with regret."

Read more at Brisbanetimes.com.au



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