Pauline Hanson divides opinion once again
A LETTER to the editor this week urging voters and candidates to not allocate preferences or votes to Pauline Hanson at the federal election drew a mixed and passionate response from readers on our website.
“Pauline Hanson's view that she has some coalition support is a myth,” the letter said. It said Ms Hanson would seek to destroy Australia’s successful multicultural society by getting a “small number of dissidents to vote for her” and that a great many things had changed since 1988.
“She will require preferences to reach her goal.
I would hope that all major parties and groups would put her last on their recommended how-to-vote cards.”
The debate that developed between some of those posting comments on the letter diverted on to tangents of anti-Islamism, “the islamification of Australia” and political correctness in some cases, but the majority of comments were in support of Ms Hanson.
“Lisa Smith” said “It’s not racist to want the best for your country.It’s Aussie Pride. Something Turnbull , Shorten and The Greens don’t have. Keep it up Pauline, you have my vote”.
Gary Waugh said “Yawn, here we go again. You’re a racist if you speak up, you’re a bigot if you criticise, you’re an environmental vandal if you enjoy electricity. Meanwhile, banks rip us off, farmers are committing suicide and the big parties are corrupt and inept”.
But on the other side of the debate, Michael John Torrens said “In my opinion the biggest, shoddily informed, believe anything goose this country has ever seen. The type of people that follow her are the same fools that believe half the trash posted on the internet”.
And Bruce Devereaux wrote “I have a lot of pride in my country. But it's certainly not because of our refugee policies or this fear mongering of other people's faiths. If we truly want to have a better country going forward we need to focus on multiculturalism and integration. 'Us & Them' mentalities (and if you're doing this you're also teaching it to the 'other' side) will always end badly for both sides.”
Madonna Waugh wrote “country minded has formed a party and was founded by farmers. They are running for a Queensland senate spot. I agree, time for change. Two party system is broken. Sitting in a safe state and federal seat, I see what little attention they get. We are taken for granted. They want our vote and ignore us. Although the LNP Queensland Wide Bay chap ignores me already. Let's vote the major parties out, so they can't be bought off or don't have to toe party line. What we need in Widgee is completely different to Canberra.”