ON TOUR: One Nation leader Pauline Hanson in Airlie Beach on Thursday.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times
ON TOUR: One Nation leader Pauline Hanson in Airlie Beach on Thursday.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times Peter Carruthers

"Water off a duck's back to me" - Pauline Hanson responds

WHEN asked about a recent News.com online poll identifying her as the second least preferred person to sit next to on a long haul flight - behind Bill Shorten - Pauline Hanson laughed and said it was "water off a duck's back to me".

The outspoken Senate candidate made the comment during her visit to the Whitsundays yesterday, when she also hit out at the major political parties.

"I don't believe the people should be forgotten by anyone standing for the Senate," she said.

"The Senate is a position where you represent all Queenslanders and I want people to realise that although I may live in the southeast corner, you are not forgotten up here".

"I intend to be here, I intend to listen to what you have to say".

Ms Hanson said she detected a lot of anger from people in Proserpine directed towards the major political parties during her whirl-wind tour and lunch at the Prince of Wales Hotel on Thursday.

"The major political parties are not listening to grass roots Australians," she said.

Ms Hanson also said the major parties were responsible for more than 10% of the Dawson electorate being unemployed and high electricity costs for irrigators.

She said if elected to the Senate she would support the expansion of the Abbot Point coal loader and Adani's Carmichael Mine.

"We can't destroy the job sector," she said.

Ms Hanson said she would fight to make big business pay more tax and she planned to launch a Royal Commission into the banking and finance sector based on alleged fraudulent activities.

INITIAL:

SHE may have been well received in Proserpine, but Pauline Hanson was heckled by a passerby on the main street of Airlie Beach.

The far right politician, famous for her roles as leader of the One Nation and United Australia parties, was in the Whitsundays this afternoon as part of her current campaign for a Queensland senate seat. 

Ms Hanson was recognised by a passerby on the tourist strip of Airlie Beach, who labelled her a "racist" under their breath.

Ignoring this, Ms Hanson participated in an interview with the Whitsunday Times in the courtyard of McDonald's.

She spoke about her views on tourism versus coal, the region's unemployment figures and her belief that all the major parties were out of touch. 


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