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    22 Incredibly WTF Moments From The Pauline Hanson Documentary

    Including the amazing moment she discovered a camera operator is Indigenous.

    1. The fact that Hanson appears to have two huge portraits of herself hanging in her home.


    Here's a close up.


    2. The way people remembered the multicultural 90s, and how harmonious it was.

    "We are a unique multicultural country," then prime minister Paul Keating told radio listeners in the mid-90s. "To go forward as a people, we have to go forward on terms on which we all agree."

    Neville Roach, the former head of the National Multicultural Advisory Council, agreed: "It was a relaxed society, it accepted people of diversity with good grace and good humour. It was friendly, it was egalitarian," he said.

    As did newly elected Labor senator Linda Burney: "There was a real conversation happening about the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia and the way we would be able to live respecting each other."

    Things have... changed.

    3. When Hanson met the new owner of her old fish and chip shop - a Vietnamese migrant who came to Australia by boat.


    4. And they proceeded to talk shop.


    5. Then Hanson got up on her high horse about buying fish and making potato scallops.

    Hanson: Do you go to the fish markets?

    Owner: No, we order in.

    Hanson: You order from other people but you don't go to the fish markets like I used to, and buy the fresh fish.

    Owner: Yep.

    Hanson: Do you make your own potato scallops? I used to make 700 to 1000 a week.

    Owner: Wow.

    Ok, Pauline, we get it.

    6. Then we got some bloody real talk about dagwood dogs.

    "You don't have your batter for your potato scallops as heavy as your dagwood dog batter, do you notice that? If you make it light your potato scallops come up fluffy."

    The more you know.

    7. Then we re-lived the famous "please explain" moment.

    Via SBS

    Hanson and journalist Tracey Curro were recalling the famous moment when Curro asked Hanson if she was xenophobic.

    "Everything's racing through my mind. Do I bluff my way through it? Do I know what the word is? What do I do?"

    In the end, Hanson responded with the famous words, "please explain?"

    She says her advisor, John Pasquarelli, was sitting on a couch nearby with his head in his hands.

    For his part, Pasquarelli says he couldn't have scripted it better - "The fish and chip lady strikes again". It's not entirely clear what he meant.

    8. Then there were the stories of the abuse of Asian Australians following Hanson's maiden speech.

    Prominent members of the Asian community recalled hearing stories of people being spat on in the street and assaulted with weapons, children being abused, and Asian members of parliament being called "mongrels" and "monkeys".

    9. The way John Howard failed to denounce Hanson's views, even after the Liberal party disendorsed her.

    Via SBS

    Originally, Hanson was a Liberal candidate for the Queensland seat of Oxley, but when her views became known, the party let her go. She went on to win the seat as an independent.

    But after her election, the new prime minister declined several opportunities to condemn her.

    "I welcome the fact that people can talk about certain things without being branded as a bigot," Howard said in 1996.

    In a speech to parliament, Howard said people have a right to attack immigration levels without being branded bigots or racists.

    In 2016, he justified his words by saying that he couldn't recall seeing any "hard evidence" of violence or abuse against Asian people in Australia at the time.

    "Certainly, [Hanson] spoke to some of the people who I regarded as 'Howard Battlers', yes. She was, however inadequately, articulating a sense of feeling left out on behalf of a lot of Australians," Howard told the documentary makers.

    "I thought the wrong thing to do was to launch an all out attack labelling all of the people who support her as racists," he said.

    10. The look on Hanson's face as she heard about a doubling of physical and verbal abuse following her election.

    Community leader Dr Thiam Ang read out the results of a survey of Asian Australians taken in 1996 that showed a doubling of physical and verbal assaults.

    Hanson said she found the numbers "extremely hard to believe".

    11. When Hanson said she thinks climate change is "all BS" because there are still trees in the outback.

    Via SBS

    "Climate change, it's all BS," she told voters in rural Queensland. "It's a money making racket, and they brainwash the kids. Flying up here, I said the amount of trees and growth we have here is just amazing, yet they'll have you think that we don't have a tree up here."

    12. That time she compared herself to Lincoln.

    "I don't consider myself a serial candidate, because if you look at Abraham Lincoln, he actually stood time and time and time again before he became president of the United States."


    13. The incredibly bizarre moment she discovered that an SBS cameraman is Indigenous.

    "It's my favourite topic... refugees," Hanson mused to no one in particular, before turning her attention to James the camera operator.

    "You're not going to tell me you're a refugee, James, are you?"

    "No. Aboriginal," James replied.

    "Really? I wouldn't have picked it. It's good to see that you've actually, y'know, taken up this and [you're] working."

    14. The strange story of Hanson's alleged affair with David Oldfield, which Oldfield denies.

    In 1996, David Oldfield was a staffer for then-junior Liberal MP Tony Abbott, but on the night of Hanson's maiden speech, Oldfield met her at a local Canberra bar.

    Hanson claims Oldfield accompanied her back to her hotel room, where he spent the night, and the pair soon began hatching plans for Hanson's career.

    "He just said his name was David, he wouldn't tell me his last name for reasons who he worked for," Hanson said. "He came over to the motel I was staying in, we had dinner and he stayed the night. He left the next morning."

    Oldfield denies an affair took place, saying he was loyal to Abbott.

    "I just did what I needed to do for Tony, when I was able to do things for Pauline, I did that too."

    It wasn't long before Oldfield left Abbott's office and helped Hanson form One Nation.

    15. Tony Abbott's surprising role in an iconic image of Hanson.

    There's a famous image of Hanson draped in an Australian flag, and the controversial senator-elect claims it wouldn't have come about without Tony Abbott's help.

    She says that as she was posing for a photoshoot, Oldfield went to his then boss Tony Abbott's office to grab the flag. The rest is history.

    Cheers, Tone.

    16. Hanson never read the manuscript of her book, The Truth, which claimed that Australia would be run by "Asian lesbian cyborgs" if immigration was allowed to run unchecked.

    Via SBS

    The book also claimed that Indigenous Australians killed and ate their own women and children like livestock.

    The documentary claims the book was authored by four anonymous writers, and Hanson admits she only read it after it had been published.

    17. The way Hanson's views have evolved over the years.

    Via SBS

    In 1996, Hanson warned Australia was in danger of being "swamped by Asians" and wanted an end to all immigration. But in 2016, her views are slightly more nuanced.

    Instead of Asians, her focus has turned towards Muslims. But she also warns about foreign investment, rather than foreign people.

    "The Chinese are lining up to buy the properties out here," she tells a voter in Rockhampton. "If we do not stop this, we will not have farming in this country at all."

    "I think in Australia we have a way of life, and they don't get it," she says.

    18. The extraordinary levels of violence that followed Hanson around in 1996.


    "When Hanson voters screamed and we screamed back, the screaming got louder," said former Fairfax Canberra journalist Margo Kingston of rising violence in 1996.

    Hanson and her former advisers detailed obscene and threatening letters sent to her office, increased police protection, being pelted with urine and faeces and bounties on Hanson's head from "the Vietnamese".

    19. The death tape.

    Via SBS

    Hanson says the threats to her life eventually led to her stepping away from the limelight, but that created a big problem: her poll numbers started dropping.

    So her adviser, David Oldfield, devised a plan to get her back in the headlines: a death tape.

    Hanson claims she was wary of making the tape and never intended for it to be seen publicly. But it was quickly leaked, and Hanson was roundly mocked.

    20. When David Oldfield said being raised by a single parent makes you gay.

    Oldfield ran as a One Nation candidate in the 1998 election while still working as Hanson's chief adviser.

    Following a radio interview in which Hanson was confronted by a gay man, Oldfield said, "raised by a single parent is a classic scenario for an environment to become a homosexual. That is statistically proven."

    Yeah, nah.

    21. When Hanson recalled her first night in jail, in which she was placed on suicide watch.

    "I just felt everything was stripped away from me," she said with tears in her eyes. "But I think what was more important was what my kids went through. These are kids, they had no one. They didn't have their fathers. Here's their mum trying to fight everyone in the whole bloody country for their future."

    An emotional Hanson then walked away from the cameras.

    22. The doco ended with Hanson saying she's been "put into a box as anti-Muslim", but she's simply "anti-Islam", she says.

    Via SBS

    Within seconds, Hanson called for a moratorium on Muslim immigration.

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