Better get that right. If this backfires we are in deep shiite.
Senator-elect Pauline Hanson spoke to the media in Brisbane on Monday saying she wants a royal commission into whether Islam is a religion or a political ideology.
She says it’s clear from Saturday’s vote for One Nation that a significant number of Australians back what she has to say on that issue.
Hanson has called for no more mosques to be built and also to stop Muslim immigration into Australia.
Ms Hanson also wants to abolish the Racial Discrimination Act and wants a referendum on changing the part of the constitution that protects the free practice of religion.
She says Australia is a Christian country and it’s time to take a look at the rise of Islam, and what is being preached inside mosques and Islamic schools.
“You have our values, our culture, and our way of life,” she said in Brisbane on Monday.
“You don’t have a full burqa.
“You don’t keep putting up mosques.
“I’d like to know what they are actually teaching in those schools and what’s being said in the mosques. You can’t deny the fact that in these mosques they’ve been known to preach hate towards us.
“Is this a society we want to live in? I don’t believe it is.
“Do you want to see terrorism on our streets here?”
The soon-to-be senator is also confident her One Nation Party will win at least four, and possibly even as many as six Senate seats, and says Family Law reform, creating jobs and putting the brakes on foreign investment are among her top priorities.
She said she would also like a Royal Commission into the banking and finance sector.
“Again we have families that are losing their family homes, their properties, by the banking sector that I believe needs a full investigation into it.
“Because documentation that I have seen clearly shows that signatures have been forged.”
Ms Hanson says that 20 years after her maiden speech to the federal parliament, when she warned Australia was in danger of being “swamped by Asians” some in places like Hurstville in Sydney would agree that’s played out.
“They feel that they have been swamped by Asians,” she told reporters in Brisbane.
“And regardless of that now, a lot of Australians feel that Asians are buying up prime agricultural land, housing.”
She said she was not in favour of returning to a White Australia policy, but a return to the old-fashioned values that made the nation great.
“Clearly the way our nation is going is not in the right direction.”
Earlier today, Pauline Hanson said senior Liberal George Brandis has called her office as the major parties open talks with crossbenchers amid the uncertain election result.
The One Nation Party leader says she’s yet to speak to Senator Brandis, but will listen to what he has to say.
She’s promised to work with either a Labor or coalition government, even if they don’t want her in Canberra.
“I know they have all said that they won’t work with me or I’m not welcome in parliament. I am entitled to my seat as much as any other elected member of parliament,” Hanson told the media in Brisbane on Monday.
Back from the political graveyard, the Senator-elect was not afraid to assert her newfound authority.
Hanson told media she will urge whichever party forms government to have an inquiry into the banks – a platform Labor’s Bill Shorten stood for before the election, but one Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out entirely.
Perhaps that is why the former fish-and-chip shop owner has not heard from the Prime Minister since the election count entered a deadlock on Saturday night.
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“I think he’s lost my number,” the Queenslander told Sunrise host Sam Armytage when appearing on the broadcast on Monday morning.
Asked if the opposition leader had been in contact, Ms Hanson laughed.
“You’ve got to be kidding,” she told Seven Network.
“At this point I am totally independent, maybe not like everybody else.”
That is certainly true for some of her party’s other policy positions.
The One Nation party also wants to ban the burqa and the niquab in public, ban the building of mosques until an enquiry is held and the ban Halal certifications.
The One Nation leader is also believed to be reaching out to unions and workers before she decides her stance on the Australian Building and Construction Commission and the Registered Organisation Bill.
Hanson served one term as an MP from 1996 to 1998, but the short stint started a movement.
In her return, Hanson could bring another One Nation party member, running mate Mal Roberts, to the upper house.
Green leader Richard Di Natale has already said his party will make the One Nation leader’s time in the Senate easy.
“We will take it right up to her, to show that in a modern Australia there is no place for racism, there is no place for bigotry, for the sort of hatred that she is spreading through her views,” Senator Di Natale said.
Hanson will join a number of Senators on the crossbenchers, including Derryn Hinch, Jacqui Lambie along with Nick Xenophon and another member of his team.
Hinch said he “spent 50 minutes on the phone last night with the Prime Minister of Australia” Malcolm Turnbull.
“On Friday, I got a call from Bill Shorten wishing me well,” he added.
Lower house independents say no deals with Labor of Liberals
Two of the crossbenchers who could decide the next federal government won’t commit to supporting the coalition or Labor before the new parliament sits.
Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie told ABC radio on Monday he would sit through a confidence motion debate on the first day of parliament before deciding who to support for government.
Similarly, Cathy McGowan says she’ll apply her personal moral compass along with a sense of what is best for her Indi electorate and the nation in deciding how to vote.