Australia: Pauline Hanson returns

Pauline Hanson is back.

After 18 years in the wilderness, the controversial One Nation leader is heading to the Senate, where she will quite possibly hold the balance of power.

You may not agree with her, but you can’t ignore her any longer.

Here’s a quick guide to One Nation’s four key policies.


One Nation describes Islam as a “totalitarian political system” masquerading as a religion and is calling for an “inquiry or Royal Commission to determine if Islam is a religion or political ideology”.

Islam, it says, “does not believe in democracy” and “is proving to be seditious against every nation and government on earth”.

Banning the burqa and niqab in public, banning Halal certification, stopping Muslim immigration and installing surveillance cameras in mosques are just some of One Nation’s proposals.

It also wants a ban on any new mosques being built until the inquiry is held, would “investigate welfare payments paid to Muslims who may be in multiple marriages, having multiple children”, and would forbid the swearing in of Muslim MPs under the Koran.