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Here's A Bunch Of Things Pauline Hanson Has Said About Indigenous Australians

"I'm Indigenous, I was born here."

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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has made a return to politics after being elected as a federal senator for Queensland.

Hanson has made a successful political career out of demanding a "fair go" for "hardworking Aussies", while often taking aim at Australians who are Muslim, of Asian descent or Aboriginal.

In 1998, when Hanson was first elected to federal parliament as the member for Oxley, she ran on a platform opposing Asian immigration and Indigenous-specific programs or funding.

Hanson's controversial maiden speech took aim at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and what she perceived to be the preferential treatment they receive.

We've found several quotes from Hanson regarding her views on the Aboriginal community so you don't have to.

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“I’m not going anywhere because this is my land and I was born here and I don’t know any other place that is home. I belong here as much as what you do, now just because you’re an Aboriginal is a weak excuse." - Hanson on 60 Minutes in 1996.

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Hanson appeared on Channel 9's flagship current affairs program 60 Minutes in October 1996. It would become Hanson's most famous interview, delivering the infamous line '"please, explain?" after she was asked whether she was xenophobic.

Journalist Tracey Curro grilled Hanson extensively on her views regarding Indigenous affairs. Most of those views centred on the notion that Indigenous people received special treatment.

“I said they [Indigenous people] receive privileges that other people don’t receive because they’re Aboriginal, which is true and you cannot deny that."

The program took Hanson to the Aboriginal community of Palm Island, with the now deceased equal rights campaigner Charles Perkins, to see first hand the shocking conditions people were living in.

"Palm Island is isolated from the mainstream Australia; those people are there because they want to be there and it is causing problems because they want to live there."

"They’ve got to start doing something for themselves, first off, if they start cleaning up the environment they live in," she said.

"Along with millions of Australians, I am fed up to the back teeth with the inequalities that are being promoted by the government and paid for by the taxpayer under the assumption that Aboriginals are the most disadvantaged people in Australia."

Large parts of Hanson's maiden speech in parliament focused on the myth that Aboriginal people were receiving a high number of "benefits" for being black.

"This nation is being divided into black and white, and the present system encourages this. I am fed up with being told, ‘this is our land.’ Well, where the hell do I go? I was born here, and so were my parents and children."

"I will work beside anyone and they will be my equal, but I draw the line when told I must pay and continue paying for something that happened over 200 years ago. Like most Australians, I worked for my land; no-one gave it to me."

"I do not believe that the colour of one’s skin determines whether you are disadvantaged."

"I won the seat of Oxley largely on an issue that has resulted in me being called a racist. That issue related to my comment that Aboriginals received more benefits than non-Aboriginals."

"Flying two Australian flags is extremely divisive. We should be united under the one flag, the Australian flag."

In January 2016 in the Queensland Times, Hanson had a lot to say about AussieBum swimwear founder Sean Ashby, recalling a line of swimwear that featured stereotypical Aboriginal motifs and a caricature of an Aboriginal man standing on one leg with a spear in his hand.

The design also featured an Australian flag atop Uluru, a deeply spiritual site for the Anangu people, and Indigenous people were incredibly offended by the swimwear.

"We as Australians have never been asked in a referendum whether we endorse or recognise the Aboriginal flag," Hanson said.

"But it is flown everywhere, especially above government buildings.

"If anything he [Sean Ashby] has been inclusive of Aboriginals."

"I personally did not find his Australia Day themed underwear offensive."

"I'm Indigenous, I was born here. This is as much my land as any Aboriginal that was born the same date and time as I am."

Hanson was interviewed on FairdinkumRadio, a Christian radio station, a fortnight ago and said she was just as Indigenous as someone with Aboriginal ancestry because she "was born here".

Hanson also claimed that those who did not have dark skin and brown eyes could not claim to be Aboriginal, because if they did it was to receive benefits.

"If you want to live the traditional way of life, I believe you can do that, but people here, who are as white as I am, and have the blue eyes, whatever, and claim Aboriginality to have all the benefits that go with it - I'm totally opposed to it."



Formerly with BuzzFeed News, Allan Clarke is a NITV reporter based in Sydney.

Contact Allan Clarke at arielle.benedek+AC@buzzfeed.com.

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