Polygamy: “Political Correctness Gone Mad” says Pauline Hanson
Pauline Hanson has taken aim at the Department of Human Services over allegations that Centrelink is paying spousal benefits to the second and third wives of Muslim men all living under the same roof.
A clearly rattled Ms Hanson said that mainstream political parties were “too gutless” to condemn the practice.
“If we keep appeasing these groups they will want more and more,” Ms Hanson said.
“They will keep going on and abusing us, our generosity and our culture.”
The One Nation leader took aim squarely at the major political parties, “We have been taken for fools”.
“Second marriages and all that are not acknowledged in this country or their children, and they should not be funded at all,” Ms Hanson said.
“It is against the law to have multiple marriages, but we are condoning it as taxpayers.”
Pentecostal christian and acting “Federal Treasurer” Scott Morrison also took aim saying that instances where polygamy was being used to claim multiple spousal benefits were “100 per cent wrong”.
But he did admit that said it would be more expensive for the government if each wife claimed an independent welfare allowance.
“The law and its implementation cannot condone polygamy. It’s against our values, it’s 100 per cent wrong,” he said.
Centrelink does not hold data based on polygamous relationships or religion, something Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi labelled “a convenient excuse”.
“We are always told the data is not kept,” he said as he joined Ms Hanson in her condemnation, saying the payments were “political correctness gone mad”.
“The lack of will to confront some individuals who seek to apply a different law to themselves means politicians are afraid to speak out,” he said.
But not anymore, apparently.