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ABC Stand By Presenter Following Controversial ANZAC Comment

The ABC has said it will stand by it's part-time television presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied following her Anzac Day Facebook post suggesting that Australians should remember the refugees on Manus Island and Nauru instead.

Abdel-Magied later removed references to Manus Island, Nauru, Syria as well as Palestine on her Facebook profile after she was accused of politicising a day designed to commemorate Australian soldiers killed in combat.

However the national broadcaster has argued that the author and youth activist's personal opinions do not represent the ABC. 

A spokesman said Abdel-Magied has since apologised for post.

"Ms Abdel-Magied is a part-time presenter on the ABC program Australia Wide, introducing stories done by ABC reporters from around the country," he said.

"When presenting for the ABC, she works in accordance with ABC editorial and other policies."

"Ms Abdel-Magied is also engaged in a range of other activities and work that is not related to the ABC. Her views and opinions in that capacity are her own and do not represent those of the ABC."

Abdel-Magied has appeared on the ABC's Q&A program and earlier this year made headlines after getting into a fiery exchange over the meaning of Sharia law with Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie.


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