"I'm back," Pauline Hanson exclaimed with a smile, as she used her first speech back in parliament to wage a war on "aggressive multiculturalism".
The remarks echoed her first inaugural speech 20 years ago, when as the member for the Queensland seat of Oxley she said: “I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished. I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians."
Hanson described her 1996 speech as "still relevant today" – but instead of Asians, the focus was on Muslims.
The divisive speech sparked a walk-out by the nine Greens senators.
The former fish 'n' chip shop owner, who was once sent to prison for "trumped-up" electoral fraud, reminisced on her time outside politics, describing herself as "Australia's first political prisoner".
Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.
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