A candidate for the far right wing party One Nation has posted and endorsed conspiracy theories about the September 11 terror attacks on his Facebook page.
John Cox, the party’s Redcliffe candidate in the upcoming Queensland election, has questioned the legitimacy of footage from the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
In December, Cox shared a video called "Where is the plane that flew into the second tower on 9/11" from a conspiracy news page.
Under it he wrote, "I wish the news was always neat and straight".
The video claims to be a "rare" news broadcast that shows the moment the second tower exploded without a plane flying into it. The conspiracy theory claims the attacks were an inside job and the plane flying into the building was added later into the footage broadcast on the news.
Comments by others under the video say the "oppressed" need to wake up to the lies being told by the mainstream media and the attacks were "pure murder by [the] American government".
Hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Centre, killing 2,753 people on September 11, 2001.
Cox also shared a video that claims the crash of hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon was also faked.
The reporter in the video says there is "no evidence of a plane having crashed anywhere near the pentagon... the only pieces left that you can see are small enough that you could pick up in your hand... there are no large tail sections, wing sections, a fuselage, nothing like that".
Cox agreed with the video's conspiracy theory that no plane crashed into the Pentagon.
"Honestly, where are the engines, where are the wheels, the fregments [sic] are so small you can pick them up in your hand, the world needs honesty," Cox wrote.
Cox has also made Facebook posts encouraging Australia to follow Donald Trump’s lead and “stop the refugee intake” along with Muslim immigration. He is anti-halal, in favour of banning the burqa, and thinks anyone who doesn’t assimilate should be sent home.
Earlier this month he suggested a female Triple M radio host who disagreed with One Nation leader Pauline Hanson during an interview might have “friends who are Muslim”.
Cox says he is an eighth-generation Australian and small business owner.
At the 2016 federal election he was a candidate for the Mature Australia Party, which ran on a platform of protecting rights of mature aged people in Queensland, but joined One Nation shortly after he failed to win a seat.
BuzzFeed News has contacted One Nation for comment.
Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.
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