Pauline Hanson: Sideshow Freak or simply misunderstood?
She’s considered a racist, redneck homophobe and imbecilic tadpole by pretty much everyone outside Queensland, but Pauline Hanson’s rapidly gaining a foothold in other parts of Australia including what’s lovingly called “Western Australia.”
But who is Pauline Hanson, and why would anyone really want to know?
These are two seemingly contradictory questions that not many people are asking and frankly who can blame them.
Those teetering on the brink of curiosity would have been well served to catch Ms Hanson displaying her knack of tapping into the “vibe” of what she calls “people out there” during a bizarre interview with Tracy Grimshaw on Channel Nine’s bastion of prime-time TV journalism “A Current Affair.”
Speaking to a somewhat bewildered Ms Grimshaw, who is now the size of a medium size dwelling, Hanson claimed that Muslims are “taking over Australia’s suburbs” by offering people “suitcases full of cash” to move out, and questioned whether there are any “good ones” living here.
Hanson denied her views were extreme and said she was speaking for “ordinary Australians” when she expressed fears that the country was being “overrun by Muslims.”
“I hear Australians that have lived just nice, quiet lives in their suburbs and then they’ve had Muslims come in there who have changed their suburbs,” Ms Hanson told the program.
“They’ve built these mosques and they have their cars parked across the driveway or they have rubbish thrown over their fences.
“Or they go and knock on their door because they won’t move out and threaten them. ‘Listen mate, you better take this suitcase full of cash and get out of here.’ It’s having an impact on our educational system and, you know, in our schools and our swimming baths. [It’s] their attitude.
“The burqa should absolutely go. This is Australia.”
“The full face covering I think is wrong. If they want to live that way and have their sharia law, then I suggest they go to a Muslim country.”
Asked if she believed there were any “good Muslims” living in Australia, Ms Hanson suggested they were difficult to spot.
“I believe there are some that want to live a good life and a quiet life,” she said.
“But you tell me — you line up a number of Muslims, who’s the good one?”
“Where are the Muslims who want to speak up more? Why aren’t we hearing from them?”
“How often do we ever hear from them Very, very rarely,” she said.
“Everything’s that been thrown and everything over the years, with all the media where were they, Tracy? Not to be seen. All right? I couldn’t care less what anyone says about this,Because I’ve got my self-esteem and self-respect and I really don’t care.”
Ms Hanson, also said Australia was at risk of becoming a “third-world country” if the major parties did not get their act together.
“The grumbling from the people — they’re actually fed up with both sides of politics, whether it be Liberal, Labor or the Nationals, and they certainly don’t want the Greens.
“’People actually want to see One Nation in power. And that’s what I’m picking up all the time.”
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