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Pauline Hanson Expresses Anti-Vaccination Sentiments On Morning Television

The One Nation leader said she'd think twice about vaccinating her children today.

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Pauline Hanson admitted that one of her grandchildren was not vaccinated during a heated discussion on Sunrise this morning.

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Joining for her regular paid appearance on the show, the One Nation leader was discussing the controversy surrounding an anti-vaccination event at Melbourne Zoo.

"If the other kids have had their vaccinations whats the problem here?" she asked.

"Of course these people can travel to the zoo and go to the zoo... These people are in shopping centres, they're around the place."

She went on to urge for a "common sense debate" about vaccination, criticising the government for a nanny-state approach to the issue.

But it was when she said she would reconsider vaccinating her kids that things really took a turn.

"I've had my kids vaccinated but I tell you what, I'd think twice about it these days," Hanson said.

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When host Edwina Bartholomew challenged her, Hanson revealed that her grandchild was not vaccinated.

"One of my grandchildren is not vaccinated, that was their parents' choice not to vaccinate them.

"I think there should be a debate and an educational process with this," she said.

When she started blaming immigrants from Africa for bringing in diseases, journalist Derryn Hinch, aka "The Human Headline" stepped in. "You are talking dangerous rubbish," he said.

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The discussion comes as federal and state governments start to implement their 'No Jab, No Play' legislation, requiring all children to be fully vaccinated before they can be enrolled in childcare. The federal government also requires children to be vaccinated before the family can receive Centrelink payments.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, Hanson went even further, linking vaccination to autism and cancer.

“I have had so many people who have brought it to my attention, that's why their kids are autistic,” she said.

“We haven't done the research enough, what is causing these kids to have autism, what is having all the cancer in our community, have we had enough answers into the cancer?”

Alexandra Lee is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Alex Lee at alexandra.lee@buzzfeed.com.

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