By JOANNA ROBIN
The One Nation founder – who once declared her belief in parliament that Australia was in danger of being swamped by Asians – has never been one to let facts stand in the way of her right to be a bigot.
Her latest piece, which calls on the government to outlaw full face covering garments in parliament, banks and public places for “security reasons”, is no exception.
It might not surprise you, but some of the facts she’s used to backup her latest argument aren’t so much facts as total bullshit.
Let’s take a look at the top ten.
Hanson fact #1: “I’m offended by the burqa, and opposed to even the niqab,” Ms Hanson writes, successfully identifying a distinction between the two garments unlike many other commentators on the topic.
Points for Pauline.
She continues: “People wearing full face coverings, including women, are known to have hidden bombs underneath them which they’ve detonated in acts of terror, in various places around the world such as Chechnya.”
Are they? Female terrorists do exist, but they are a minority.
According to official statistics 113 Australians have been killed by terrorism since the 1978 Hilton Hotel bombing in Sydney – that includes Australians killed overseas and non-Australians killed here.
For some perspective last year’s national road toll was 1,193.
Hanson Fact #2: “The fact is, Muslim garments create fear,” Ms Hanson says.
The fact is, misinformation, underpinned by misunderstanding and prejudice creates fear. Clothing does not.
Hanson fact #3: “I know not every Muslim is a terrorist but, to the best of my knowledge; every terrorist attack has been by Muslims.”
Ms. Hanson’s knowledge doesn’t extend very far, apparently. The Hilton bombing, which is still Australia’s deadliest terror attack, killed three people and was linked to Ananda Marga, a religious philosophy that originated in India.
More than 10,000 bomb attacks took place in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain during the Northern Ireland conflict between 1969 and 1998, to name another example.
Hanson Fact #4: “Jacqui Lambie has made some good points.”
Whether it’s accusing the first female graduate of the Afghani regional police academy of being a terrorist via social media, or trying (and failing) explain Sharia law – she hasn’t.