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In a statement last night the Islam PM said, “I don’t oppose One Nation as a religion. But I do feel their laws should not be welcome here”.
He added that he, and the Muslim faithful within his country, found Ms Banister’s attacks on Islam an insult to The Buddha.
Less than two per-cent of Australians were able to follow what Ms Banister was on about.
Banister has since said her original comments were taken out of context, “Unfortunately, they’ve completely twisted all my words and made me out to be a stand-up criminal”. Comedians around the country agreed.
BREAKING NEWS! One Nation 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THE One Nation candidate ridiculed after referring to Islam as a country in a television interview has withdrawn from the election campaign.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 country as well as referring to the Koran as "haram" and saying 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.
"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."
Ms Banister had only been in politics for 48 hours at the time of the interview and made a short statement alongside Mr Savage but wasn't allowed to answer any questions on Saturday.
"With the way Channel Seven edited my interview, I was left quite the fool," Ms Banister said.
"I'd like to apologise to One Nation, to my friends and family, for any embarrassment this has brought to them."
Mr Savage said it was his responsibility such a novice candidate had been allowed to conduct an interview without appropriate preparation but also claimed Channel Seven had unfairly targeted Ms Banister.
He said it was unclear at this stage if One Nation would nominate a replacement candidate for Rankin with the deadline for nominations on Thursday.
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I refer to your article in
CCN issue No. 455 on One Nation candidate Mike
Holt’s concerns of Halaal Food in supermarkets.
I wonder if Mr. Holt realises that he has been
eating Halaal food since the day he was born. I
mean, the Milk is Halaal, most of the Baby Food is
Halaal, most of the Baby Cereal is Halaal, most of
the everyday biscuits are Halaal, most of the cakes
are Halaal, the Baked Beans are Halaal, most of the
Bread is Halaal, the soap is Halaal, the Shampoo is
Halaal, the fish is Halaal, ………………… and I can go on
and on. Just because the product may not have a
Halaal label on does not mean it is not Halaal.
I think what Mr. Holt needs to learn is what Halaal
is. If I said to him Halaal is similar to Kosher,
would that make a difference? Or does Mr. Holt think
that Halaal is something that is added (like an
ingredient) in the product.
Mr. Holt needs to ask himself what is the benefit of
1. It makes it easier not only for Muslims but maybe
also the Jews and anyone else to identify what is
2. This encourages tourism which brings into the
country much needed revenue.
3. This has brought in much needed revenue from our
So, remove the Halaal label and the Muslims do not
loose. Rather Australia loses. The Muslims will
always identify which is Halaal and suitable for
them to consume whether it has a Halaal label or
not. That’s what Muslims have been doing before the
introduction of a mere Label.
I wonder if Mr. Holt will now stop eating everything
because lots of products without the Halaal label
Name withheld on request.
I trust that every one of the Muslim faith had a
spiritually rewarding Holy month of Ramadan.
Thank you to all who invited my wife and I to many
Iftars and Eid celebrations. Your hospitality was
both welcoming and warm.
On Thursday, July 25th, 2013, in a ceremony
broadcast by several regional TV and radio
channels, the foundation stone for Al-Mrah
[Arabic for the woman], the first satellite
TV channel for women in Saudi Arabia, was
Abdullah Al-Nawazi, chairman of Ideas Arabia
Limited, which created the new network and
is owned by Saudi businessman Sheikh Yusuf
bin Awad Al-Ahmadi, stated that the channel
aims to “highlight the skills, traditions,
culture, education, Islamic thought and
problems facing Arab women in general and
Saudi women in particular.” Riyadh bin Kamal
Najam, president of Saudi Arabia’s General
Authority for Audio and Visual Media, also
said that the channel will “help in removing
some stereotypes about Saudi women.”
In a region where satellite TV channels have
consistently multiplied over the years, this
is not the first network devoted to women
nor is it the first all-veiled women’s
channel, which was launched in Egypt almost
a year ago.
It is, however, the first channel dedicated
to Saudi women.
News reports on the network do not reveal
much information about its organizational
make-up, or whether its female employees
will play a leading role in managerial and
The channel is expected to start
broadcasting in 2014. Unless it is directed
by women, for the betterment of one another,
the project will be yet another veneer to
mask fundamental social and economic issues
faced by the majority of Saudi women.
In Saudi Arabia’s conservative culture,
there are many obstacles that prevent
women’s social and professional advancement.
That is not to say there are no pioneering
Saudi women who have challenged the path of
least resistance and achieved great things,
including those who have become the
country’s first female filmmakers, pilots,
flight dispatchers, Mount Everest mountain
climbers, government ministers, fine arts
performers, Olympic athletes, and UNDP and
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors. There are women
business owners, engineers, doctors,
academics, television, and radio anchors and
other female professionals in the country.
This success, however, has been achieved on
an individual level. Collectively, Saudi
women fare less well. In January 2013, women
gained access by appointment to the all-male
Shura Council, a government body that
advises Saudi King Abdullah, but still
cannot run for political office and are not
expected to gain the vote until 2015. Among
other forms of disparate treatment, women’s
gyms are not granted licenses and, of
course, there is the ban on female drivers
in the country.
Al-Mrah can be a platform that brings
women’s individual successes to a larger
audience and generates support for the
social and political changes they seek in
Saudi Arabia. A female leadership team for
the channel would make these possibilities
even more likely.
How can I stay motivated to maintain a healthy diet
for weight loss?
It is important to set yourself realistic goals to
achieve a healthy eating plan and maintain a healthy
weight. It is also important to have an individual
healthy eating plan that is suited to your lifestyle.
Accredited Practising Dietician (APD) can help you
develop a plan by setting realistic goals and monitoring
your achievements. You should develop strategies to cope
with minor setbacks and arrange support when you feel
you are not achieving your goal as quickly as you would
Remember, the lifestyle changes you start now will help
you maintain good health throughout life. With a little
extra help and support from an Accredited Practising
Dietitian you can achieve your goal.
Try and hold on to any healthy habits you have developed
in Ramadaan, this is a perfect time for change :)
Q: I’ve been told that I need to warm up before
my exercise sessions but have no idea on what to do.
A: The time you spend before a workout can have a
real impact, even if that subsequent sweat session is
only a few minutes long.
The warm-up is a 3 – 5minute routine that should not be
missed. It could be all you need to increase your blood
flow and range of motion, improve mental performance and
reduce your risk of injury.
The best warm-up exercises includes active movements
that mimic what you’re about to do, eg. leg swings
before a walk or run; lunges before strength training;
arm circles before swimming and side bends before yoga,
KNOWLEDGE SEEKERS CLASS Venue: Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Rd, Algester When: Every Tuesday after Isha
Teacher: Imam Aslam Al Qadri
For any further information please contact me on 0433552409
or ladies can contact Shakira Ayoob on 0449800205.
Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer
The weekly program schedule is as follows:
The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm and will go for
approximately 1/2 an hour each day.
All brothers and sisters are welcome.
Kuraby Mosque Tafseer &
Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday
11am - 12.30pm
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