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Malcolm Turnbull condemns Pauline Hanson for Muslim ban cry

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Pauline Hanson has used the London terror attack to publicise her policies. Photo: Twitter
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Malcolm Turnbull has suggested Pauline Hanson is doing what Islamic terrorists want by promoting a Muslim ban.

The prime minister was again critical of the One Nation leader after she used the London terror attack to call on people to pray for a ban on Muslims.

“The object of the Islamist terrorist is to get the broader society to turn on Muslims at large,” he told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell on Friday.

Mr Turnbull said he had already made that position clear to Senator Hanson.

“If you seek to attribute to all Australian Muslims responsibility for the crimes of ISIL then you are doing what ISIL wants.”

Earlier, Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese noted the alleged attacker didn’t have any known terrorist links and was born in the UK.

“I think it was extraordinary that Pauline Hanson chose to politicise an issue like this at the time that she did,” he told the Nine Network.

“To play politics at a time like that, was, I just think, said a lot about the nature of her character.”

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said the senator’s proposal wouldn’t solve any problems because many of those on a terror watch list in Australia were citizens.

“We’re not about to deport Australian citizens whose are Muslims because of any kind of xenophobic campaign,” he said.

Senator Hanson on Thursday released video footage which encouraged people to pray for London.

“It’s pray for Muslim ban. That is how you solve the problem,” she added.

Labor leader Bill Shorten later weighed into the debate, arguing talk was cheap.

“If Malcolm Turnbull thinks One Nation is helping ISIS, he should stop helping One Nation get elected,” he said.

“Why is he still refusing to put One Nation last? He can make all the platitudes he likes, but it’s his policy to help One Nation get elected.”

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