Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

PAULINE Han­son is back, big­ger than ever. Twenty years af­ter she burst onto our tele­vi­sion screens warn­ing we were about to be swamped by Asians, she is back to take on the Mus­lim threat in our midst. She wants a royal com­mis­sion into Is­lam. What a ridicu­lous sug­ges­tion. Mus­lims have lived in Aus­tralia since Afghan camel drivers ar­rived in the 1860s. Ac­cord­ing to the 2011 cen­sus, there were 476,000 Mus­lims in Aus­tralia. What con­flict have we had that would war­rant spend­ing mil­lions of dol­lars on a royal com­mis­sion? I think Ms Han­son strikes a chord with more Aus­tralians when she speaks about not sell­ing off land to for­eign buy­ers. Cer­tainly she will wield a lot more power this time, thanks to three seats in the Se­nate. Ms Han­son was elected on a sim­ple plat­form. Will she be able to han­dle the com­plex­i­ties of an ex­tremely di­verse par­lia­ment?

Rick Lee - re­gional ed­i­tor

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