25 Jul 2010

Australian Liberal sacked over Muslim comments

3:19 pm on 25 July 2010

Australia's Federal Opposition is dumping its candidate for the western Sydney seat of Chifley for attacking his opponent's Muslim faith.

David Barker told the ABC there should not be a Muslim in parliament, and he also took a swipe at Prime Minister Julia Gillard's lack of faith.

Labor's candidate in Chifley, Ed Husic, describes himself as a non-practicing Muslim.

Mr Barker said "I'm not anti-Muslim. I believe every one should have their own beliefs".

"But I don't know if we want at this stage in Australian politics a Muslim in the Parliament and an atheist running the Government", he said.

Opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey says the comments are unacceptable and Mr Barker will not be the Liberal candidate by the end of the day.