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 a TV interview.
The ultra-nationalist party have now dropped dropped Ms Banister as its candidate for the federal seat. "She's not ready," party founder Pauline Hanson said. On Wednesday evening, Ms Banister, showed a distinct lack of knowledge about religion and current affairs in an interview with Channel Seven.
She began the catastrophic interview by appearing to confuse the Qur'an and Halal food with "haram", which is an Islamic term for something forbidden by God. "Jews aren’t under haram. They have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ," Banister said.
She went on to explain her views on immigration saying: "I don’t oppose Islam as a country but I do feel their laws should not be welcome here in Australia." Ms Banister, who is facing criminal charges after allegedly placing anti-Muslim stickers such as "Halal food funds terrorism" on supermarket products, said her words had been taken out of context.
Maybe Lynton Crosby could give her a job.