Years before bursting back into the Australian political spotlight during the 2016 federal election, Pauline Hanson spent time in prison for electoral fraud.
More than a decade on, Queensland’s new Senator-elect still becomes emotional recalling her brief stint behind bars in 2003.
“I just felt everything was stripped away from me and how the people perceived me but I think what was more important is what my kids went through,” she reveals in a new documentary, due out at the end of the month.
“It took me a long time to get over it.”
Hanson and her adviser David Ettridge were found guilty of fraudulently registering the One Nation party, while Hanson was found doubly guilty of fraudulently obtaining about $500,000 in electoral funding.
The conviction was later overturned, but not before Hanson spent 11 weeks in Wacol women’s prison and at least one night of her imprisonment on suicide watch.
To this day she maintains the whole thing was a “sham” — a “political witch hunt” designed to discredit her by former conservative Prime Ministers Tony Abbott and John Howard.