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DROUGHT re­lief was a pri­or­ity for Pauline Han­son as she toured Roma last week, speak­ing with farm­ers, busi­nesses, the coun­cil and tourism op­er­a­tors from across south­west Queens­land.

Shar­ing a video to her Face­book page, Sen­a­tor Han­son ex­plained some of the heart-wrench­ing sto­ries she had heard shared by peo­ple in the re­gion, in­clud­ing tales of de­pres­sion, stress and des­per­a­tion re­sult­ing in some tak­ing their own lives.

“Their plight has been helped by the Aus­tralian peo­ple who have do­nated gen­er­ously, and I thank you for that, and they thank you,” she said.

“But ... is money get­ting out to the farm­ers, be­cause what I’m hear­ing is ‘where’s the money’? They’re so stressed... they just need that help­ing hand.”

Sen­a­tor Han­son said she would do what she could to help out.

“If you need that help­ing hand, please con­tact my of­fice.

“I don’t want to see any­one else’s life de­stroyed, we’re bet­ter than that.”

Dur­ing her three-day tour of Roma, Sen­a­tor Han­son vis­ited the sa­le­yards, joined the Lions Club char­ity shoot with the clay tar­get club, and at­tended the Out­back Queens­land Tourism awards.

Dur­ing her af­ter­noon at the tar­get club, she com­mended the re­spon­si­ble use of firearms.

“I wish more peo­ple would take the time and visit events like this be­cause it demon­strates that firearms in the hands of regis­tered own­ers are not an is­sue,” Sen­a­tor Han­son said.

She was also spot­ted get­ting back to her roots, help­ing the Lions cook hot chips, re­sult­ing in a $6300 ef­fort to as­sist Mara­noa farm­ers do­ing it tough.


Pauline Han­son com­mended clay tar­get club mem­bers on their re­spon­si­ble use of firearms.

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