When Hanson said her maiden speech in Parliament, “I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate” she became internationally famous as the unpleasant face of Australian racism.
Nothing much seems to have changed over the last 20 years.
Hanson at a Reclaim Australia rally
But now she seems to be getting a bit sick and tired of herself.
SMH headline: Pauline Hanson declares she is no racist, but she’s fed up with her own tolerance.
“I am fed up with people… calling me a racist when they cannot find one thing that I have said that is racist.”
It’s been a bad week for One Nation and its semi-articulate leader. The laughable shemozzle with Senator Culleton, gleefully covered by the national media, over the inability of the party leader and one of its members to be able to arrange a time to have a meeting has now been talked of by an extraordinary statement from Hanson.
And then Senator Culleton randomly turned up to the wrong Question Time and was politely escorted out of the House of Representatives today, where Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus came over to have a chat.
Dreyfus: Rod, this is the House of Representatives, you’re a senator.
Dreyfus: You’re in the wrong place.
Dreyfus: C’mon, I’ll show you (both exit left)
What are the chances of this motley crew being able to maintain themselves as a more-or- this coherent political party?
Not much, given their antics this week.
I blame Malcolm Turnbull who really help them get elected with his Senate reforms. If things go badly, he won’t just have to deal with Pauline Hanson and One Nation, he may have to deal with four independent nutcase sitting on the cross bench.