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Controversial backbench Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has defended nationwide anti-Islam rallies as 'not racist'.

The South Australian senator, who has been demoted to the backbench twice, dismissed those who denounced the Reclaim Australia rallies on the Easter Weekend as "clowns".

Violence erupted at some of these rallies when Reclaim supporters clashed with anti-racism groups who had organised counter-protests.


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