Ian interviews Pauline Hanson on Aborigines, Islam & Climate Change
Pauline Hanson: My name is Pauline Hanson and I will be representing Queenslanders in the next parliament.
PShift: One Nation polled 150,000 out of 1.7 million votes cast in the Senate in Queensland, how does that give you a mandate to do anything?
Hanson: It is a wake up call to the major parties that people do not trust them and do not like their policies.
PShift: The spokesperson of the Isamic Council in Brisbane, Ali Kadri, has invited you to sit down with him at the Eid Down Under festival tomorrow to talk about your comments on Islam. Will you be going?
Hanson: I am happy to talk with anyone about our call for a Royal Commission into Islam and to put a stop to ‘Islamics’ coming to Australia, they do not share our values.
PShift: What values are those?
Hanson: I am fed up with being told, ‘This is our land’ by Aboriginals. Well, where the hell do I go? I was born here, and so were my parents and children. I will work beside anyone and they will be my equal but I draw the line when told I must pay and continue paying for something that happened over 200 years ago. Like most Australians, I worked for my land; no-one gave it to me.
PShift: You own land at Mt Walker, about 35 minutes drive from Ipswich west of Brisbane where larger properties sell for up to $3 or 4 million dollars and smaller acreage for a half a million, not many people can afford that. You are a wealthy land holder, how would you know about those who are doing it tough, especially aborigjnal people who were thrown off their land and grew up on Purga mission?
Pauline Hanson: I didn’t throw anyone off their land nor did my parents. We worked hard for what we got. Aboriginal people get free education and hand outs all the time, it’s a rort. If they worked as hard as us they could have what I got.
PShift: But the old people were transported from their land under guard and their grandchildren taken off them and placed under the care of Christian missionaries at Debbing creek only a few miles from where you live. They were robbed of their language and culture and took a foreign way of life. Are you saying you support that kind of Christian belief?
Hanson: People who have an issue with what happened a long time ago should simply get over it. There are sections of society that would whinge about anything given the chance and people need to stop being so precious.
PShift: What about refugees driven from their homeland as a result of wars that the United States started and Australia followed, namely Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria?
Hanson: It was Islamics who started those wars. I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished.
PShift: The Jagera, Toorbul or Yugambeh people did not invite you onto their land in the Scenic Rim shire, there was never any treaty signed with the original owners and the settlers.
Hanson: Our forefathers claimed the land and worked hard making something out of it.
PShift: In your local seat of Wright, which is One Nation’s heartland, your candidate obtained 15, 000 votes, compare that with Dr Anne Azza Aly in the seat of Cowan, who scored 30,000 votes for the Labor party and may win that seat. My point is Australia is a multicultural society when people will vote for a Muslim candidate in such numbers, hasn’t your boat sailed?
[Please Note: Pauline Hanson was invited to come on the Paradigm Shift, but was unavailable. Ms Hanson was played by an actor and her words are based on quotes from her 1996 speech to the Federal Parliament as the member for Oxley, her party (One Nation)’s platform and her recent comments in winning a Qld senate seat to the 47th Australian parliament.] Photo: Jagera Traditional owner Kevin Vieritz carries a burning log at a smoking ceremony in Musgrave Park, Brisbane in 2012.