there’s something about pauline
Pauline Hanson is back! (in the news…)
This time she is running as an Independent in the NSW state election (Australia). Whether you agree or disagree with Hanson, no one can deny her apparent ability to rise from (political) death occasionally (even if she is shot down almost immediately).
Some of the more memorable events in Hanson’s political career include:
1. her co-founding of possibly Australia’s most controversial Party, One Nation, which was widely labelled as harbouring racist policies (1997),
2. one of the most memorable maiden speeches in Parliament , which was also widely labelled as racist (1996),
3. her recording a video for her supporters in the event of her assassination (1997),
4. her being convicted of electoral fraud (2003, though it was soon overturned).
How is it then that such a controversial figure in politics, whose reappearance in public life has spawned even more accusations of racism, can still capture the imagination of such a decent percentage of the population?*
Perhaps it is because Hanson is honest. Many people are disillusioned with the big Parties because of the politics of politics. There are definitely no frills around Hanson – she is upfront and inarticulate.
But maybe that is what people actually want…
Maybe, putting aside her views which disgust the majority of the Australian population, people are looking for politicians like Pauline Hanson who are willing to call things the way they see them, in an honest and straightforward way.
There’s something about Pauline… and it’s not her views.
MCA* To be fair, Hanson won a federal seat quite comfortably in the seat of Oxley, Queensland, all the way back in 1996. One Nation managed to gain 22% of the vote in the 1998 Queensland state election, but have never subsequently performed anywhere near that well. Hanson will almost certainly not gain a seat in NSW, though her reemergence still garners a fair amount of support considering her views.
Posted on March 9, 2011, in Current Events, Politics and tagged David Oldfield, NSW Election 2011, One Nation, Pauline, Pauline Hanson, Racism, State Election 2011. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.