Pauline Hanson is an Australian politician who has spent much time in the spotlight of the media. Much of what Pauline Hanson says or does is broadcasted throughout the Australian media, and yet few really know how this powerful woman entered politics.
Her Political Beginnings
Pauline Hanson’s political career began in 1994, and in 2011 she continues to engage actively with politics by entering as a candidate for elections. Since the start of her political career, she has been the leader of two political parties and a member of the Liberal Party. She has also stood as an independent on occasion.
Her involvement and development of political parties have been called into question, and yet in 2011 she has gained enough support and backing to stand as a candidate for the New South Wales Upper House.
Her controversial views on the impact of multiculturalism, her commitment to independent politics and her dedication to the views and needs of Australians all contributed to her being named as one of the 100 most influential Australians by the popular Australian weekly magazine The Bulletin, in 2006.
Throughout the last two decades, Pauline Hanson has certainly had an impact on the Australian people and national politics.
Debate and Discussion from the Start
Pauline Hanson’s political career was one of much discussion and debate from the start.
While standing as a Liberal Party candidate for the Federal election of March 1996, Pauline Hanson made comments to the Ipswich newspaper ‘The Queensland Times’, that expressed concern for the support that was made available to Aborigines and provided by the state; while claiming that Australians were unable to access the same level of assistance from the state.
Accusations of racism started coming in, while others agreed with Pauline’s views. Although these controversial comments led to her disassociation from the Liberal Party, the ballot papers had already been produced, naming Pauline Hanson as the Liberal candidate.
This situation remained unchanged when the votes were cast, and Pauline successfully won the election with considerable support. However, rather than sitting as a Liberal Party member, she instead sat as an independent.
Hanson’s First Address to the House of Representatives
Pauline Hanson was not about to stop expressing her outspoken views and her first address to the House of Representatives in September 1996 was widely covered by the Australian media.
Pauline was quick to point out that she was unlike the other politicians from the mainstream parties, instead offering her political motives based on experience gained as ‘a mother of four children, a sole parent, and as a businesswoman…’
She pointed out that while her remarks to ‘The Queensland Times’ had been controversial; she had managed to win the election and gain notable support from Australian citizens. She battled off the branding of being a racist with a counter argument, which challenged the mainstream view with the concept of reverse racism; which was being imposed by those who work towards political correctness and who control the systems that assist those who are not native Australians.
Hanson’s speech continued with other areas of concern, including the issues surrounding family breakdown, family law, child support and youth unemployment. She expressed concern about the damaging effects of free trade and the global debt, and called for the return of trade limits.
Then and Now
Much has happened to Pauline Hanson between that well known address to the House of Representatives and today, including her short term incarceration in prison.
These experiences have not deterred Pauline from persisting with her political campaign, and she currently stands as a candidate for a seat in the New South Wales Upper House.