Over the weekend, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson outlined what Australia would look like should she ever become Prime Minister.
Predictably, some of her ideas were slightly terrifying (she’s keen to abolish the GST, so see ya Medicare!), some were just nonsensical (she’d like to launch a royal commission into Islam. Just a really expensive, taxpayer-funded commission to check things out…), but there was one comment that stood out as far more problematic and worrying than the rest.
Speaking to the Sunday Mail about her politics, the 62-year-old Senator claimed, “I don’t change my tune, whichever way the polls are going. If you look at what I said 20 years ago, it’s exactly what I’m saying today."
Hanson was clearly proud in saying that. Proud to say that despite two decades having passed, she still holds the same views that she did when she was first elected to the federal parliament of Australia.
The big problem with that, though, is that the country has changed.
20 years ago, the majority of the country didn't yet support a national apology to the stolen generation. There weren't even any indigenous MPs or senators in the parliament back then.
They didn't see the importance in supporting marriage equality or climate change science.