August 11th, 2013
05:31 AM ET

Australian politician's gaffes go viral

A candidate in Australia's parliamentary elections referred to Islam as a country. As a result, she's now referred to as a former candidate.
Stephanie Banister, a 27-year-old welder running for a seat in Rankin, Queensland, unleashed a series of blunders during an interview with CNN affiliate 7 News.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I love it. Candidate Banister is brilliant.

    August 11, 2013 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The question is, can she spell potato and pronounce nuclear?

    August 11, 2013 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    This just showcases the misconceptions and ignorance about a religion which mostly the phobics suffer from. In the case
    of Banister she simply doesn't know but would venture to opine. As most are inclined to do.

    August 11, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Remember the Tea Party leader Williams saying" muslims worship the monkey god" when spreading propaganda against Islam?

    August 11, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. vikingwoman

    This only goes to show that just cus politicians Run for office, doesn't mean they're Qualified! I believe there's a verse in the Haram that states as much!! LOL!

    August 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Said it @vikingwoman. Plenty of specimens in our politics.

    August 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. reader

    She is no smarter than the primitive Muslims she is criticizing.

    August 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rascal Rabble

    oh pleeze any banister can make ah mistake...the way the international community, political forum, and organizations has been conceeding to these islamic bootleggers and their jihadic demands one coulds swear of its existence...so the BIG QUESTION is to whom ecxactlyare our political leaders heeding if no such country exists? i believe, stephanie is just sensitive to the presence of an illicit undertow...

    August 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...as an apparent outsider she probally would be the perfect candidate to give the musty old man establishment grief...

      August 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Lol @ saywhat and @ vikingwoman, AND in bloggers as well eh? Pretty much had that discussion yesterday with someone.

    August 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Hi @chrissy.
    @Rascal Rabble, the appropriate question for Banister would be " which country she has in mind as there are around 52 muslim countries on this planet"?

    August 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rascal Rabble

    despite the ivy league education our political leaders, one can readily conclude the contrary, their brazen ignorance; when they laud the principles and writings of masters and johnson, freund, sanger, marx, and neitzsche: people who are intellectual buffoons who lack the ability to comprehend the dignity of the human person...

    August 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Couldn't agree more @Rascal Rabble.
    Again our politicians show case this 'trait' more than others. Bigotry runs rife in the wake of their 'brazen ignorance'.
    good day all.

    August 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Lol @ Rascal, Be womam! Be aggressive! Be all you can be!

    August 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Perhaps she was thinking of the Nation of Islam?

    August 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |