In an interview in last month, however, Stephanie Banister, a 27-year-old Australian running for a seat in Parliament on the fringe One Nation ticket, took fact-mangling to a new extreme.
Under normal circumstances, a candidate who is unable to name her opponents would be subjected to ridicule, but that moment was almost entirely obscured by much larger gaffes and misstatements, which included these:
• “I don’t oppose Islam as a country.” (Islam isn’t a country.)
• “Less than two percent of Australians follow Haram.” (She probably means the Koran.)
• “Jews…have their own religion, which follows Jesus Christ.” (I must have missed that week in Hebrew School.)
• “I believe the national disability scheme is working at the moment.” (The reporter notes it doesn’t begin until 2016.)