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ONE Nation founder Pauline Hanson has put her name to a new party which she hopes will help her win a Senate spot at the next election.
More than a decade after she first entered Federal Parliament, Ms Hanson has launched a new political party — Pauline’s United Australia Party.
In introducing the party Ms Hanson showed she still held strong views on Australia’s immigration policies.
“(Prime Minister John) Howard has sold us out by not halting further Muslim immigration and dumping hapless refugees from Africa on us without any consultation. Australia must withdraw from the 1951 UN Convention on refugees,” she said.
Ms Hanson entered politics in 1996 when she won the federal Queensland seat of Oxley as an independent after being dumped by the Liberals for her extremist political views.
She shocked many when in her maiden parliamentary speech she warned Australia was in danger of being swamped by Asians.
Ms Hanson also attacked the Labor Party yesterday: “The big parties cannot be trusted. Labor’s union thugs will bash up small business and the farmers.”
The party structure will help the former fish and chip shop owner improve her chances of stealing a Senate seat.
Ms Hanson said she would be attacked for standing up for ordinary Australians.
“I will be attacked by all the usual suspects — but I am used to that,” she said.
“I intend standing up for all those ordinary Australians who have been ignored by the big party politicians for so long.”
(Posted on May 25, 2007)