everyone anyone who is alarmed by the fact that One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has been elected to the Senate in Queensland, perhaps we should take a deep breath. Hanson may have learnt a lot from her time in politics, and grown to appreciate the multicultural landscape that makes Australia such a diverse and brilliant – OH MY GOD SCRATCH THAT SHE’S JUST GIVEN HER FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE SINCE BEING ELECTED.
And it’s worse than we could have possibly imagined. Because in the two decades since Hanson first made the racist, narrow minded remarks that made her something of a national joke, she hasn’t learnt a thing.
Here are the eight most bizarre comments she made as she addressed the press in Brisbane.
— ABC News (@abcnews) July 4, 2016
She doesn’t want a plebiscite for marriage equality. She wants a referendum (huh?)
On marriage equality Hanson argued, “Our policy is to have a referendum rather than a plebiscite and, if not, then it comes to a conscience vote by every elected member on the floor of parliament.”
She explained, “Why I’m calling for a referendum is that to change the wording in the constitution, which is section 51 of the Australian constitution, and it just defines the word “marriage.””
Of course, one clever Twitter user pointed out that it isn’t actually the constitution that defines marriage. It’s the Marriage Act of 1961. But hey, surely we don’t expect our politicians to get bogged down in the details.