I don’t want to see our rural sectors die: Pauline Hanson
ONE Nation Senate candidate Pauline Hanson is no stranger to controversy, but there's no controversy to her concerns for the people in rural and regional Australia.
Visiting regions in south-west Queensland as part of her election campaign, she took the opportunity to meet and greet the locals in Roma, and mark the launch of lower house candidate Lynette Keehn.
Ms Hanson said she'd had a great response from the towns across the south-west on the road to Charleville, and expressed her concern for the people in rural Australia.
She said she wanted "accountability, honesty and Australia back in the hands of Australians" and to protect the rural and farming sector.
"People are really angry with the major political parties; they've had enough of not being listened to and doors shutting in their face," she said.
"They want people who will be a voice for them; the country and rural areas are actually suffering."
Ms Hanson said there were concerns with health services and foreign ownership of land, which she aimed to address in her campaign.
"Our drug problem needs to be addressed. I want to adopt a 'three-strike' policy, so if you end up in our hospital three times you have to go into rehab and be cleaned up," she said.
"What I'm also picking up is lack of doctors and professionals in this area; if the local council within the community are in need of a professional, be it a doctor or dentist or whatever, they can put in request to a university and get some out here.
"We also need to protect our farming industry; we're losing our prime agricultural land to foreign investors, and I don't agree with that.
"I don't want to see our rural and regional sectors die; they're the lifeblood of Australia."