Hardliner back from wilderness in Australian poll


Pauline Hanson

On Tuesday, Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane also warned that Ms Hanson’s “appeals to xenophobia” were a recipe for division and hate unseen since her time in the lower house two decades ago.

She is one of a host of minor party candidates or independents on track to win upper house Senate seats, as voters disillusioned with the ruling conservatives and Labor opposition opted for change.

Pauline Hanson says she is “concerned” that militant Muslims could seek to harm her, but says she will “not back down” from her plans to cut immigration and homogenise Australia’s culture.

“Any Australian politician that wants to advocate for better rights for New Zealanders in Australia is to be welcomed, in regard to that policy”, he told reporters on Monday.

“It’s not me; it’s our society that are on the streets protesting against the building of mosques. Why?” Because they see the repercussions that are happening in their own communities.

However, Mr Christensen said he “never understood” Ms Hanson’s opposition to Asian immigration. Arguments should be grounded in facts and reason.

However, she said her policy priorities would be a royal commission into the banking sector and reform of the family court system, which makes decisions on child-custody disputes.

Mr Carr said it would have been positive for Australia to defy a move to the political far right as has been witnessed in continental Europe and Britain.

COME ON! “ensure that we don’t become the place other countries around the world are” – what the hell does that even mean?

Australians voted in the 2016 federal election on Saturday, however the result is still considered “too close to call”.

Huang Xiangmo, chairman of the University of Technology Sydney’s (UTS) Australia-China Relations Institute said damaging political candidates must not undermine the contribution that Asian Australians and Asian investors have made to Australia if it is to continue to be a destination for foreign money. An annual survey released late previous year by Monash University showed widespread majority support for multiculturalism, but also revealed pockets of resentment, particularly to Muslims. The vast majority of us are relaxed and comfortable about leaving room for diversity in our national identity.

“I have got no problems with anyone – if they have got a problem with me, that’s their issue, not mine”, she said, adding that the major parties needed to start listening to grassroots Australians.