Pauline Hanson’s latest attack on Islam: ‘Line up a number of Muslims, who’s the good one?’
In an extraordinary interview that appeared to leave even A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw stunned at times, Senator Hanson denied her views were extreme and said she was speaking for ordinary Australians when she voiced fears the country was being overrun by Muslims.
“I hear Australians that have lived just nice, quiet lives in their suburbs and then they’ve had Muslims come in there who have changed their suburbs,” Ms Hanson told the program.
“They’ve built these mosques and they have their cars parked across the driveway or they have rubbish thrown over their fences.
“Or they go and knock on their door because they won’t move out and threaten them. ‘Listen mate, you better take this suitcase full of cash and get out of here.’ It’s having an impact on our educational system and, you know, in our schools and our swimming baths. [It’s] their attitude.
“The burqa should absolutely go. This is Australia.
“The full face covering I think is wrong. If they want to live that way and have their sharia law, then I suggest they go to a Muslim country.”
Asked if she believed there were any “good Muslims” living in Australia, Ms Hanson suggested they were difficult to spot.
“I believe there are some that want to live a good life and a quiet life,” she said. “But you tell me — you line up a number of Muslims, who’s the good one?”
Ms Hanson, who has sparked a war of words with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in recent days over her support of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, also said Australia was at risk of becoming a “third-world country” if the major parties did not get their act together.
“The grumbling from the people — they’re actually fed up with both sides of politics, whether it be Liberal, Labor or the Nationals, and they certainly don’t want the Greens.
“’People actually want to see One Nation in power. And that’s what I’m picking up all the time.”
One Nation is expected to do well in the WA election this weekend, and is also set to win seats in Ms Hanson’s home state of Queensland.
Asked if she would be prepared to form government at some point in the future, Ms Hanson warned she was prepared to play the long game.
“I do [have the capacity to form government] ... but look, it won’t be at this election.”