“It’s been a very rocky road. I have had all the major political parties attack me, been kicked out of my own party and ended up in prison, but I don’t give up” – Pauline Hanson, 2007.
Pauline Hanson has indeed endured a rocky road in politics. Having fought off political attacks and moves against her by the mainstream parties and having left a political party she had created, Pauline Hanson found herself facing a prison sentence for electoral crimes.
It seemed the dream of changing Australia had come to bite Pauline Hanson back and hard. After being sentenced to a total of 9 years of prison for three charges in November 2003, Pauline Hanson was released, serving less than three months. Her charges were quashed and her name cleared, and at the beginning of 2004 it seemed Pauline was set on leaving politics alone.
The 2004 Australian Federal Election
Later that year, Pauline Hanson ran as an independent candidate for the Commonwealth Senate, challenging for one of the Queensland seats. During this election she declared that she didn’t want the aids or assistants she had received during her time at One Nation, and simply wanted to represent herself as an individual.
While failing to gain the seat, she did draw more votes than her previous party, One Nation. Following this election, she was able to recoup her deposit and gain extra electoral funding, unlike One Nation. Although the faith in her previous party had dramatically dropped, there was still plenty of support throughout Australia for Pauline Hanson.
The Launch of Pauline’s United Australia Party
In May 2007, following increasing support and regaining confidence and strength in the political arena, Pauline Hanson launched her second political party, Pauline’s United Australia Party.
Pauline Hanson again ran as a candidate under this new party name for the Queensland seat in the 2007 Federal election, and once again narrowly missed out on winning the seat, despite winning a notable amount of votes.
It was during this election campaign that she gave the quote referenced at the top of this page. Despite the experiences she had endured in a life of politics, Pauline Hanson was not about to give in fighting for her beliefs. Pauline’s passion for politics could not be quelled, and despite the setback, Pauline Hanson continued to campaign throughout different elections.
Recent Political Engagements
Pauline Hanson has continued to persevere with her pursuit of politics. In 2009, she ran as an independent in the 2009 Queensland state election. Unfortunately, the election was once again wrought with controversy; only this time, the debates focussed on a set of hoaxed photographs of Pauline Hanson.
This ultimately crippled Pauline’s campaign during this particular election, and once again, she could be forgiven for leaving politics up to other people.
However, Pauline Hanson has found the courage and strength to stand again, returning to another more recent election. During March 2011, Pauline Hanson has once again stood as an independent candidate, this time at the 2011 state election for a seat in the New South Wales Upper House.
Rather than using her second party banner, Pauline Hanson has decided to run as an independent, as this is perhaps the best way to truly represent ones views as a speaker for the people and the people alone.