back to top

Doctors Say Pauline Hanson Has It All Wrong About Squat Toilets

Let's talk about poo posture, or poosture, if you will.

Posted on

In case you missed it, newly elected Australian senator Pauline Hanson is ~very upset~ about news that the Australian Taxation Office installed squat toilets in its Melbourne offices in order to cater for a diverse workforce.

The One Nation leader believes the infiltration of squat toilets in the public service is leading to the erosion of good old fashioned Aussie values.

"It starts with toilets and ends with costing us our Australian way of life," she wrote in a comment beneath her Facebook video on Monday.

But health experts say squat toilets are actually better for our bowels.

"Westernised toilets increase the risk of constipation and haemorrhoids," Dr Brad McKay, a GP and the host of Channel 9's Embarrassing Bodies, told BuzzFeed News.

McKay says the body is better aligned for doing its business when in a squat position.

"Squatting allows our pelvic muscles to relax when we're on the toilet. Less straining leads to more effective evacuation of our bladder and bowel contents."

McKay says you can buy a squatting stool for your western-style home toilet if you want to have a more effective poo posture (or poosture), and that there's absolutely nothing wrong with introducing squat toilets into public places.

"Aussies should be free to experience the health benefits from squat toilets just like our international colleagues and friends," he said.

"If you're a novice at using squat toilets be careful not to fall in, and if you develop explosive diarrhoea, remember to wear some old shoes."

Rob Stott is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Rob Stott at

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.