By George, swimsuit model vows to fight sharia law
UPDATE: Dawson MP George Christensen confirmed Tamara Candy has worked for him in the past.
Tamara Candy was employed for five days last year to undertake a specific research task on Sharia law, he said in a statement.
She also worked on the election campaign in 2013.
EARLIER: A swimsuit model says she was hired by Queensland MP George Christensen to research sharia law.
The well-endowed Tamara Candy, who has been photographed with former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and worked on US election campaigns, said her agenda was to fight the 'real war on women'.
"A lot has been said about me in the media in the past few days, but this pales in comparison to more sinister abuses against women,'' Ms Candy posted on her Facebook page.
"From genital mutilation to child marriages, these atrocities are happening in Australia now."
Ms Candy, whose profile pictures on social media highlight her buxom figure, recently worked for Senator Rand Paul on his Kentucky Senate campaign.
The 27-year-old told News Corp this week she should not be judged on what she wears.
"I don't think a burqa would really be my style, but I've got nothing against women who wear them," she says.
"My image is probably a part of western culture and it might offend some people, but in my research I'm not confronting people personally - it's over the phone.
The PhD student said she is researching Sharia law for Mr Christensen, the Federal Member for the Mackay-based seat of Dawson.
Ms Candy says she has been disappointed with the silence she has encountered from "progressives" and trolls who say she is a bimbo because of what she wears.
"It shows the utter hypocrisy of the left," she says.
"Where are they when a conservative woman is being attacked?"
Ms Candy says she is shocked by what she has learnt about female genital mutilation in Australia among extreme communities.
"The thing that's worrying me is the issue of genital mutilation. Eighty thousand women in Australia are survivors."
Statistics on female genital mutilation in Australia are hard to find, due to it being illegal in Australia.
In 2010, Melbourne's Royal Women's Hospital estimated it was seeing between 600 and 700 women affected by the procedure in some way each year.