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Muslim MP might sit out NBA games

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016

Basketball-loving Labor MP Ed Husic might not be courtside at many more NBA games in the US thanks to the election of Donald Trump.

The Muslim frontbencher is waiting to see whether the president-elect actually follows through with with a promise to ban Muslim migration, made during the election campaign.

"Well I won't be going to see too many more NBA games in the States will I?", Mr Husic said on Sky News on Tuesday.

"(Mr Trump) will be tested about how will that apply and how will that line up with what he said in his acceptance speech, where he said it's time to bring ... everyone together for the sake of the union," he said.

The president-elect had broken every conventional political rule.

"It will be interesting to see whether he continues to defy political gravity - in saying things most people believe are off-limits."

He says the right is having its own Obama moment, as Mr Trump prepares to shake-up the system.

"He is exactly the type of outsider ... as what Barack Obama was, but in very radically different circumstances," he said.

Mr Husic said America had set itself as a beacon for accepting migrants and the test will be what the president-elect does with that legacy.

He defended Labor leader Bill Shorten for refusing to walk away from calling Mr Trump out, having described his views as "barking mad".

The election was a lesson for Australia, with the test now how to respond to a growing unease in which people felt they see investors and management winning, but not regular workers.

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