As Australians grapple with the news that Pauline Hanson has successfully orchestrated a political comeback, it has emerged that Sunrise had been regularly paying to have her messages beamed into our living rooms in the lead-up to the election.
Hanson’s far-right One Nation party is likely to have picked up at least two Senate seats in Saturday’s election, and she believes it could climb to as many as six when the vote count is completed.
Pauline Hanson delivers her first press conference since her Senate win. Post continues after video…
Critics are now pointing their fingers at Seven’s Sunrise for having routinely given her a platform to air her extreme views in the past months – and paying her for the privilege.
The show’s executive producer Michael Pell confirmed she was a paid contributor, telling news.com.au there was nothing out of the ordinary about Hanson’s appearances.
“Pauline is one of a number of paid regular commentators on Sunrise,” he said.
“She does not appear alone, but rather with other commentators, to canvass a range of views on the main news topics of the day.”
Pauline Hanson defended Eddie McGuire on Sunrise over his Caroline Wilson drowning remarks. Post continues after video…
It’s worth noting, too, that Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party also secured a spot in the Senate. He is also a regular commentator on the breakfast TV show.
Hanson regularly gave her two cents on a range of topics, including terrorism, vaccinations, housing affordability, health cover and racism.
The response on Twitter has been nothing less than scathing.
a big thanks to Sunrise for pushing the Pauline Hanson return for three years now, you guys gotta take the credit for this #ausvotes
— Angus Livingston (@anguslivingston) July 2, 2016