Pauline’s ‘please explain’
Candidate makes pitch to region
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