Australia’s newest senator, Pauline Hanson, of the One Nation party, isn’t mincing words, and on Wednesday, took to the Parliament floor to deliver her inaugural day remarks and tell Muslims, bluntly: Assimilate, or go home.
ABC.net.au has the story:
“Hanson has heralded her political comeback by warning Australia is at risk of being ‘swamped by Muslims’ and telling those who are unwilling to adapt to the Australian way of life to ‘go back to where you came from.’
“Referencing her maiden speech to Parliament in 1996, in which she made the same claim about Asians, the One Nation leader repeated her call for a ban on Muslim immigration and warned Australians would eventually be forced to live under Sharia law, if something did not change.
“‘We are in danger of being swamped by Muslims who bear a culture and ideology that is incompatible with our own,’ she said.”
Hanson went on to decry “indiscriminate immigration and aggressive multiculturalism,” and said it was just those types of liberal yearnings that had brought about an atmosphere where law-abiding Australians were now afraid to walk freely in their own neighborhoods.
“Islam cannot have a significant presence in Australia, she said, “if we are to live in an open, secular and cohesive society. We have seen the destruction it is causing around the world.”
Her speech was fiery enough to cause several of her colleagues aligned with the Green party to walk from the chambers.
And predictably enough, these same started attacking Hanson as racist.
One said in a tweet, ABC.net.au reported: “Racism has no place in Parliament but that is what we have just heard from Senator Hanson. I stand with those people hurt by her words.”
Hanson stands nearly alone in the Senate, one of only three One Nation party members. But you wouldn’t know it, by her boldness.
“Nearly 20 years to the day after she delivered her first speech to Parliament, Senator Hanson declared ‘she’s back’ and said she and her three One Nation colleagues would make a difference.
“‘It has taken numerous elections, countless legal battles and doing a stint in maximum security on trumped up charges … to find myself here,’ she said. ‘I’m back but not alone.'”
One Nation’s platforms include the creation of a National Identity Card and the halt to all free trade agreements that don’t put Australia’s interests first. As Hanson noted in her floor speech: She’s also trying to ban the wearing of the burqa from public venues and fighting to streamline welfare, particularly for mothers on the entitlement program who then want to have more children.