Pauline Hanson could be Queen of radio on 6PR

Yesterday Pauline Hanson revealed that she was interested in talk-back radio.

Steve Mills on 6PR 882 radio station asked the question when she was on his breakfast show and she was more than interested.

Pauline Hanson mentioned that she had been to Perth before but was in no way a local.

Steve Mills let her know that there would be a spot for her on 6PR.

Millsy said on the radio that Pauline, ‘didn’t mind having a crack’.

If she gets on the radio, we may hear Pauline Hanson’s famous catch cry ‘Please explain’ if she pursues her new career of the ‘Queen of talkback radio’.

On 10 September 1996, Hanson gave her first speech to the House of Representatives, which was widely reported in the media Australia-wide.

In her opening lines, Hanson positioned herself “not as a polished politician but as a woman who has had her fair share of life’s knocks”, and with views based on “commonsense, and my experience as a mother of four children, as a sole parent, and as a businesswoman running a fish and chip shop. I won the seat of Oxley largely on an issue that has resulted in me being called a racist. That issue related to my comment that Aboriginals received more benefits than non-Aboriginals.”

Hanson then asserted that “mainstream Australians” were subject to “a type of reverse racism … by those who promote political correctness and those who control the various taxpayer funded ‘industries’ that flourish in our society servicing Aboriginals, multiculturalists and a host of other minority groups”. This theme continued with the assertion that “present governments are encouraging separatism in Australia by providing opportunities, land, moneys and facilities available only to Aboriginals”.

Among a series of criticisms of Aboriginal land rights, access to welfare and reconciliation, Hanson criticised the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, saying “Anyone with a criminal record can, and does, hold a position with ATSIC”. There then followed a short series of statements on family breakdown, youth unemployment, international debt, the Family Law Act, child support, and the privatisation of Qantas and other national enterprises.

The major issue in her speech was an attack on immigration and the Federal Government policy of multiculturalism:

Immigration and multiculturalism are issues that this government is trying to address, but for far too long ordinary Australians have been kept out of any debate by the major parties. I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished. I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Between 1984 and 1995, 40% of all migrants coming into this country were of Asian origin. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate. Of course, I will be called racist but, if I can invite whom I want into my home, then I should have the right to have a say in who comes into my country. A truly multicultural country can never be strong or united. The world is full of failed and tragic examples, ranging from Ireland to Bosnia to Africa and, closer to home, Papua New Guinea. America and Great Britain are currently paying the price. Arthur Calwell was a great Australian and Labor leader, and it is a pity that there are not men of his stature sitting on the opposition benches today. Arthur Calwell said: Japan, India, Burma, Ceylon and every new African nation are fiercely anti-white and anti one another. Do we want or need any of these people here? I am one red-blooded Australian who says no and who speaks for 90% of Australians. I have no hesitation in echoing the words of Arthur Calwell.

Additionally, Hanson advocated the return of high-tariff protectionism and decried many aspects of economic rationalism.

After her controversial maiden speech, Hanson was, for a period of time, the subject of significant media and political attention. Her political positions were widely debated.

Hanson was viewed by some as honest and plain-spoken, as opposed to others who viewed her as a far-right nativist, misinformed, uneducated or racist. Some of Hanson’s critics also derided what they saw as her inarticulate style, while her supporters claimed this same trait as evidence of her credentials as a speaker ‘for the people’.

On 13 October 1996, asked by Tracey Curro on 60 Minutes if she was xenophobic, she replied, “please explain?”. This response became a much-parodied catchphrase within Australian culture.

The reaction of the mainstream political parties was overwhelmingly negative, with parliament passing a resolution (supported by all members except Graeme Campbell) condemning her views on immigration and multiculturalism.

However, the Prime Minister at the time, John Howard refused to censure Hanson or speak critically about her, acknowledging that her views were shared by many Australians, commenting that he saw the expression of such views as evidence that the ‘pall of political correctness’ had been lifted in Australia.

Despite repeated denials of the racism charge by Hanson, the public discussion of whether or not Hanson’s views were racist quickly became the topic of academic interest in Australia.

For example, at the 1997 annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Communications Association (ANZCA) at La Trobe University, a paper was presented with the title ‘Phenomena and Epiphenomena: is Pauline Hanson racist?’

In 1998, Keith Suter argued that Hanson’s views were better understood as an angry response to globalisation. By August 1998 perceptions in Asia of Hanson’s popularity being related to racism were affecting international relations and prompted Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs under John Howard to issue a media release calling on Pauline Hanson, David Oldfield and David Ettridge to “disassociate themselves from the racist slurs being promoted in the Asian media by people claiming to be their closest supporters”.

In 2000, the University of NSW Press published the book Race, Colour and Identity in Australia and New Zealand, which identified Hanson as a central figure in the ‘racism debate’ in Australia of the 1990s, noting that senior Australian academics such as Jon Stratton, Ghassan Hage and Andrew Jakubowicz had explored Hanson’s significance in an international as well as national context.

In 2004, Hanson appeared on the nationally televised ABC interview show Enough Rope. Archival footage from a 60 Minutes program shot on the streets of Ipswich was used to introduce claims about racism and bigotry in Hanson’s views. Hanson challenged interviewer Andrew Denton to show her things that she had said that were racist. Denton instead responded with an example of an abusive letter sent to an Asian girl after Hanson’s speeches. The contents of which included a racist tirade “You are nothing but an ungrateful, treacherous, yellow slanty-eyed little Vietnamese whore. You have… We have had enough of your lot with their drug peddling and crime. So piss off now”.

Hanson was then challenged with derogatory comments about Aboriginals made by her “fellow travellers”. Hanson distanced herself from the comments, by countering that several elected candidates of One Nation were “radicals that tagged themselves to me”. She also stated that she had limited knowledge of the her autobiography Pauline Nation’s ‘The Truth’ and its contents.

In 2006, ten years after her maiden speech, its effects were still being discussed within a racism framework, as well as being included in resources funded by the Queensland Government on ‘Combating racism in Queensland’. Also, in December 2006 The Age reported that Greens leader, Senator Bob Brown had labelled Hanson a “bloodsucker” over her suggestion that Africans are bringing AIDS into Australia.

She also said she was concerned by the ease with which people were able to gain Australian citizenship, especially Muslims and Africans. She also made claims that “You can’t have schools not sing Christmas carols because it upsets others”. And to be fair…this is the now the norm in the UK.

In relation to African immigration, Hanson also said: “Do you want to see your daughter or a family member end up with AIDS or anyone for that matter?”.

She may, or may not, have a points to raise about immigrants, but she certainly is an interesting character.

I say, get her over to Perth…get her on the radio…it won’t be boring.

by Sel Hurst 

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One Response to “Pauline Hanson could be Queen of radio on 6PR”
  1. Chaudhari says:

    hey im not racist but it takes all sorts or pelope to make a country or a world , so what if Pauline Hanson dosnt want to sell her home to a muslim , there are millions of other homes better and worse available and if a muslim realy realy wanted her home they would just get someone else to buy it for them .I think pelope are all too often just looking for a fight .it would be like me saying i have a motor cycle for sale , i spent lots of time and effort restoring it and i wont sell it to a learner because they might crash it ruining my time effort and happy memories of that bike . its my bike so what does it matter who i sell it too ? i supose most pelope are argumentative and all too many pelope want to fight just for the sake of having a fight , like one of my exs saying she liked to fight because she liked making up, thats just stupid . like sports fans fighting over who won a game . who realy cares ? what does it matter unless you bet on the loosing team ? then thats just your bad judgement not the loosing teams fault they tried their hardest to win as we all do in life .Pauline had admitted she is a racist but in reality its one house , her house and her memories . maybe Pauline dosnt want the happy memory,s of her home spoilt by thinking of muslims living in her home ??? . what does it matter in the big picture ? if we all stopped fighting over bullshit reasons there would be no wars . so many wars were and are about religion or who said what , why ? if i say the grass is green and J Man says well its actually light green with yellow or brown dog pee patterns im not going to wage war or argue over his or her opinion , are we not all entitled to our own opinions ? sure sometimes our opinion,s should be kept to our selfs to save hurting other pelopes feelings but i think its human nature to fight and make arguments ,a left over survival instinct that we probably dont need any more in this over crowded world we live in , instead we need to learn tollerance and accept other pelope have different ideas and opinions that might not be the same as our own .sure some races dont like our laws then thats their problem , they chose to move to this country and if they prefer the laws else where then yes they should go live there , thats not racist thats common sense . personally i think pelope who want to wage wars, argue and fight over these petty things should have better things to do with their lives than make trouble .why dont we all just get on with our lives and stop the stupid arguments ? wouldnt we all be happier in the long run ? maybe im just getting old but i never understood why pelope want to fight and hurt others over what realy amounts to very petty reasons or even just boredom with their own lives .i say grow up and get over it ,get on with your own lives and leave others to do the same .maybe some muslims dont want to sell homes to white pelope or even aliens what does it realy matter ? I share my comunity with a lot of African refugees for instance and i find most of them very decent respectful quite natured pelope and its nice to see their children are not running around screaming making nusiances of them selfs in the doctors surgury or the super market . i think australians may have a lot to learn from forieners .maybe they have learned to keep their opinions to them selfs to avoid conflict ? live and let live .i think aussies have had it all their way for too long and we are too racist for our own good. we have probably the best country in the world why ruin it over petty arguments ? its a fact more and more pelope will be born and more forieners will move to australia and sooner or later we have to learn to live together .most the forieners ive met come from very over populated places and they realy enjoy the fact that even in the most crowded city in australia you can still usually find a quite place to have their lunch . what right has some bored aussie got to say go home jonnie foriener or you dont belong here ? didnt we all origionally come here from other countrys ? are we not all forieners to this continent anyway origionally ? does that give the Aborigionals the right to tell us all to go home or that you cant build a house here because i dont want you too ? sorry for the long comment J Man keep up the good workJ Man says Hey no probs JETS and I actually agree with a lot of what you are saying BUT!I don’t think the parallel between not wanting to sell that bike to a learner and Pauline not wanting to sell her house to a Muslim is a fair comparison because you actually have a practical reason for not wanting to sell your bike to an inexperienced rider. Learners normally (but not always) do scratch bikes up and if I know you the bike you built would be more than a learner should be exposed to anyway Pauline just doesn’t like Muslims. That’s not a practical reason, do you see what I mean?You’re right on the one hand that she has the right to sell her house to who ever she wants but she doesn’t have the right to discriminate against someone on the basis of their religion. The stupid thing is if she just kept quiet about it then there wouldn’t be a problem.The biggest point I think I can pull out of your comments is you are right, there should be no racism in Australia particularly considering how multicultural our society now is. I have many ethnic friends (some of them Muslim) and from first hand experience I can say that you are absolutely right, if we all got over our petty shit and just got along everything would be fine. The problem is pelope like Pauline Hanson incite racism. She is openly racist and makes no apologies for it and then other (mindless sheep) see her example and follow. That’s the real issue I have with Pauline.Anyway, great work JETS and keep those long comments coming

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