Pauline’s ‘please ex­plain’

Can­di­date makes pitch to re­gion

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHEN asked about a re­cent News.com on­line poll iden­ti­fy­ing her as the sec­ond least pre­ferred per­son to sit next to on a long haul flight – be­hind Bill Shorten – Pauline Han­son laughed and said it was “wa­ter off a duck’s back to me”.

The far right politi­cian, fa­mous for her roles as leader of the One Na­tion and United Aus­tralia par­ties, was in the Whit­sun­days last Thurs­day as part of her cur­rent cam­paign for a Queens­land sen­ate seat.

Ms Han­son said she de­tected a lot of anger to­wards the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties while speak­ing to peo­ple in Proser­pine dur­ing her whirl­wind tour and lunch at the Prince of Wales Ho­tel last Thurs­day.

“The ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties are not lis­ten­ing to grass roots Aus­tralians,” she said.

Ms Han­son also said the ma­jor par­ties were re­spon­si­ble for more than 10% of the Daw­son elec­torate be­ing un­em­ployed and high elec­tric­ity costs for ir­ri­ga­tors.

She said if elected to the Sen­ate she would sup­port the ex­pan­sion of the Ab­bot Point coal loader and Adani’s Carmichael Mine.

“We can't de­stroy the job sec­tor,” she said.

Ms Han­son said she would fight to make big busi­ness pay more tax and she planned to launch a Royal Com­mis­sion into the bank­ing and fi­nance sec­tor based on al­leged fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties.

She promised to rep­re­sent all Queens­lan­ders if elected to the Sen­ate, say­ing “al­though I may live in the south­east cor­ner, you are not for- got­ten up here”.

“I in­tend to be here, I in­tend to lis­ten to what you have to say,” she said.

While she may have been well re­ceived in Proser­pine, Ms Han­son was heck­led by a passerby on the main street of Air­lie Beach, who la­belled her a “racist” un­der their breath.

Re­ac­tion to her visit was mixed on so­cial me­dia as well.

“You have my vote Pauline,” Mumma Di Mor­ris wrote on the Whit­sun­day Times Face­book page.

“I love most of what she says. Just not al­ways how she says it,” Re­nee Varsell wrote.

Peter Coumbe said he’d like to take her for a drink and have a chat to get to know her bet­ter.

“A very in­ter­est­ing woman,” he wrote.

But Wesy Web had reser­va­tions com­ment­ing, “Do you feel that your (po­lit­i­cal) views even hold wa­ter in Aus­tralia to­day con­sid­er­ing you haven’t been cho­sen to rep­re­sent any­one in over a decade”.

ON TOUR: One Na­tion leader Pauline Han­son in Air­lie Beach on Thurs­day. Photo: Peter Car­ruthers

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