The deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has rejected One Nation's anti-Islamic policies, arguing that comparing all Muslims to terrorists was like equating all Catholics with the "crazy criminals" of the Irish Republican Army.

In a passionate defence of religious freedom, the Nationals leader emphatically disagreed with One Nation policies such as banning Muslim immigration and putting CCTV cameras in mosques.

"If you put them in mosques, then when I go to mass are we going to have one in a Catholic church?" he told Sky News. "You never know. Every group has their ratbags, even Catholics.

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