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Maiden Speech 1996
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In 1996, I told my father that I was standing for politics. At the time I was being crucified by the media, and the Liberal Party, because I would not toe the party line or back away from my beliefs and values. Dad told me politics was a dirty game, and I would never be able to change anything. My father has since passed away, but before his death he was my biggest supporter, and encouraged me never to give up. You must understand, I was a single woman with four children, running my small business trying to survive. His concern was for my wellbeing.

I went on to win the seat with the biggest swing in the nation. My only policy was equality for all Australians. My father, whom I had the utmost respect for, got it wrong. I did make a difference, the Liberal party under John Howard implemented some of my policies.

I am an ordinary Australian who cares about the future of my children, and my fellow Australians. My passion is to ensure accountability and transparency, from our self-serving, dysfunctional, political representatives. It is not my fight alone. You have to decide how you see your future, and the future of your country.


Pauline Hanson (nee Seccombe) was born in Brisbane in 1954. Pauline has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Her first husband was a Polish refugee who migrated to Australia with his mother in the early 50’s. In 1978, Pauline and her second husband Mark, started their own plumbing business, employing apprentices and tradesmen, until her divorce in 1987. That same year she bought a small business takeaway, which she ran for 10 years until 1997, and was also a small cattle producer. In 1994 Pauline entered politics for the first time and was elected as a councillor on the Ipswich City Council till 1995. 

In the August 1995 she join the Liberal Party, was endorsed as their candidate for the Federal seat of Oxley in November. Pauline was calling for equality for all Australians and in doing so was labelled racist. On 14th February 1996 on instructions from John Howard, she was dis-endorsed. Pauline contested the election on 2nd March as an Independent winning the seat with the biggest swing in the nation. Pauline Hanson’s election to Parliament, gave her the title as the first Independent woman to hold a seat in the House of Representatives. It was not an easy time for her, but she continued to speak out for Australians on topics that were seen as taboo by the major political parties. Also as a member of Parliament, she informed Australians of hidden agendas and treaties that were not in Australia’s best interests, and were going to be signed behind closed doors. Pauline was a member of the federal parliament from 1996 till October 1998. 

In 1998, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation won 11 seats when it contested the Queensland state election. The major political parties saw her as a threat to their power and positions and a few months later changed the voting system to preferential voting just prior to the 1998 federal election, to stop One Nation winning seats. 

She was forced to resign from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation in January 2002, because of internal party politics. 

Pauline saw her party de-registered on more than one occasion, and she faced criminal charges along with David Ettridge the party’s national director, over the registration of the Queensland party. In 2003 Pauline and David were found guilty and were sentenced to 3 years in a maximum security prison in Brisbane. After serving 11 weeks Pauline and David were released, with all charges quashed. Bronwyn Bishop former minister of the Howard Government declared Pauline was Australia’s first Political prisoner. 

In July 2006, The Bulletin named Pauline as one of the MOST INFLUENTIAL AUSTRALIANS. 

Today, the party she founded in 1997, is now called Pauline Hanson's One Nation. Recently Pauline re-joined the party as leader and National Chairman, and is the party's Queensland Senate candidate for the 2016 Federal Election.


On 10 September 1996, Hanson gave her maiden speech to the House of Representatives, which was widely reported in the media. In her opening lines, Hanson positioned herself "not as a polished politician but as a woman who has had her fair share of life's knocks", and with views based on "commonsense, and my experience as a mother of four children, as a sole parent, and as a businesswoman running a fish and chip shop.

The reaction of the mainstream political parties, to Hanson's Maiden Speech, was negative, with parliament passing a resolution (supported by all members except Graeme Campbell) condemning her views on immigration and multiculturalism. However, the Prime Minister at the time, John Howard initially refused to censure Hanson or speak critically about her, acknowledging that her views were shared by many Australians, commenting that he saw the expression of such views as evidence that the 'pall of political correctness' had been lifted in Australia, and that Australians could now "speak a little more freely and a little more openly about what they feel".

On the 2nd of July, 2016, Pauline Hanson was elected to the Federal Senate as a Queensland Senator. She had returned to Parliament after 18 years.

Here is her Maiden Speech which today is called a 'First Speech.'


What many Australian's do not realise is that Pauline Hanson has contributed much more to Australia than what mainstream media would have you think. In fact, John Howard and the Liberals took many policies that Pauline wrote, and implemented them 

In 2004, Andrew Bolt wrote an article for the Herald Sun titled "Hanson ahead of her time?" This article was one of the first that was written about Pauline's contribution, during her time in Parliament. Even as an everyday citizen, Pauline has been able to put pressure on the Australian government and opposition, to do what is in the best interest for Australians and Australia. This is why they have done everything to keep her out of Parliament.


19th Sept 2004 - The Herald Sun - By Andrew Bolt


...But what, specifically, did Hanson ask for, and did she get it? Let's check what she said in 1996.

Hanson wants:

"Reconciliation is everyone recognising and treating each other as equals...That is why I am calling for ATSIC [the Aboriginal Parliament] to be abolished. It is a failed, hypocritical and discriminatory organisation."

Hanson gets:

Labor leader Mark Latham this year vowed to abolish ATSIC, amid claims it had failed and was corrupt. Howard promptly did just that. Latham, sadly, plans to replace ATSIC with another black parliament. While the Liberals -- unlike Labor -- refuse to apologise to Aborigines as a group, even Howard unfortunately now starts speeches by acknowledging previous Aboriginal ownership of the land.

Hanson wants: "The majority of Aborigines do not want handouts because they realise that welfare is killing them."

Hanson gets:

Leading Aboriginal activist Noel Pearson now agrees, saying "welfare is a resource that is laced with poison, and the poison present is the money-for-nothing principle." Or as Aboriginal Affairs Minister Amanda Vanstone puts it: "Passive welfare is killing them softly". But little has yet been done to end "sit-down money".

Hanson wants:

"The Family Law Act . . . should be repealed . . . Custodial parents can often profit handsomely . . ."

Hanson gets:

The Act stays, although the Government is making divorce hearings cheaper. Howard lost when he tried to give fathers more custody rights.

Hanson wants:

"The Government wants to sell Telstra . . . (but) anyone with business sense knows you do not sell off your assets."

Hanson gets: Howard still wants to sell the rest of Telstra, but Labor and the Greens agree with Hanson and block him.

Hanson wants: "I should have the right to have a say who comes into my country."

Hanson gets:

Howard in 2001 agreed: "We will decide who comes to this country, and the circumstances in which they come." He cracked down on asylum seekers, generally with Labor's support. Abbott also agrees with Pauline Hanson's view on this in 2013.

Hanson wants:

"Immigration must be halted in the short term."

Hanson gets:

In fact, Howard lifted immigration, from 85,800 people then to 105,000 today, plus another 11,700 refugees. But Greens agree that immigration hurts our environment.

Hanson wants:

"The Government should cease all foreign aid."

Hanson gets:

Foreign aid has not only continued, but Howard has helped two million refugees to go home by joining the liberation of East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Hanson wants:

"Australia should review its membership and funding of the UN."

Hanson gets:

Howard backed a review of the United Nations, but still funded it, despite claims it is corrupt. Australia now heads the UN Human Rights Commission.

Hanson wants: "I [want] multiculturalism abolished."

Hanson gets:

Timid Howard kept multiculturalism, although said it had to be Australian multiculturalism. But Labor Premier Bob Carr went further -- he scrapped his title of Minister for Ethnic Affairs and Multiculturalism, and now calls himself Minister for Citizenship instead. He also renamed the Ethnic Affairs Commission the Community Relations Commission. Ethnic is no longer chic.

Hanson wants:

"I call for the introduction of national civil service."

Hanson gets: Don't call us, we'll call you.

Hanson wants:

"The Government must do all it can to help reduce interest rates for business."

Hanson gets:

Both Howard and Latham insisted they would keep rates lower than the other guy.

Hanson wants:

"Reduced tariffs on foreign goods that compete with local products seem only to cost Australians their jobs."

Hanson gets:

Howard has cut tariffs. But the Greens share Hanson's love of tariffs, and Latham is promising to slow tariff cuts on clothes and cars, meaning you'll pay more.


Hanson wants:

"The Government must (support) the building of the Alice Springs to Darwin railway line.


Hanson gets:

Howard built the railway line.

Excerpt from Andrew Bolt's article "Hanson ahead of her time?" 2004


Counterpoint 293

- Ten Years Before Her Time By John Carter, former journalist to the Land Newspaper.


I didn’t see any media mention of the irony of what occurred on the tenth anniversary of the most famous maiden speech in Australian history. Perhaps our increasingly US orientated media were too busy working on the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

On 10/9/1996 Pauline Hanson fleetingly brought fresh air and reality into Parliament House. Ten years later, Kim Beasley, the mass of indecision who is currently leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, declared that immigrants should sign a form pledging themselves to adopt the Australian way of life before being allowed to migrate.

He was echoing sections of Pauline Hanson’s speech —“abolishing the policy of multiculturalism will save billions of dollars and allow those from ethnic backgrounds to join mainstream Australia”. “I do not consider those people from ethnic backgrounds currently living in Australia anything but first class citizens, provided, of course, that they give this country their full, undivided loyalty”. She was crucified for saying what Howard and Beazley are now falling over one another to say the loudest.

A further irony was Beazley’s inclusion of a migrant pledge to support democracy in Australia. Beazley joined forces with Howard to bring in compulsory preferential voting and so destroy One Nation, any future new party and this country’s democracy. Under his latest guidelines he wouldn’t get into Australia!

Hanson’s speech called for six policy changes. Some have since been delivered-abolition of ATSIC, changes to Murphy’s Divorce laws, the Alice Springs - Darwin line. Others: interest rates as low as our competitors, reduction in foreign debt and a form of National Service to unite our youth in a common purpose, haven’t. Our interest rates are now in the highest four in the OECD, our foreign debt has risen from $190 billion to $500 billion and our army recruitment is falling far below the requirements of our very unwise commitments.

So, our Siamese twin “opponents” are competing on what they should do to make potential immigrants into “fair dinkum” Aussies. Meanwhile immigration of victims from tribal strife in the Sudan exceeds that of white South Africans or Rhodesians. One would have thought that the quickest way to have assimilation would be to insist on an English speaking background. English is meant to be our national language.

The idea of someone signing a form to say that they will act like Australians is naive. Hanson suggested a four year wait before citizenship is granted.

It is also time for us to get rid of dual citizenship. A good start would be to ban anyone with it from standing for Parliament. No one should forget that Pauline Hanson subsequently received three months in jail-some of it in solitary confinement—all on trumped up charges. She challenged the then conventional wisdom. Like Galileo, she offended by being wiser than her peers. Unlike most parliamentarians in the major parties, who are instructed how to vote by their party whips, she represented the views of her constituents. She practiced the old style democracy. The ten year wait for the implementation of her policy illustrates the desperate need for new blood on both sides of Parliament. A mandatory maximum eight consecutive years for any member would be a good start.


Counterpoint 380

- The Hanson Persecution By John Carter, former journalist to the Land Newspaper.


I had been meaning to write about Tony Abbott’s advocacy of a Green Army of National service youth to work on environmental projects. It is an excellent idea. We desperately need to get cohesion and purpose into the large percentage of our youth who have little to do. Switzerland has demonstrated how valuable compulsory training is. There is unlimited environmental work to be done in this untidy land of ours.

However, Abbott, who was in a Cabinet that implemented three of Pauline Hanson’s six major points in her Maiden Speech, to be now pushing a fourth (non military national service) shows extraordinary hypocrisy. Abolition of ATSIC, changes to Lionel Murphy’s divorce laws, the Alice Springs-Darwin rail link are done. Abbott’s Finance Minister, Barnaby Joyce, is quite rightly, calling for the final two - a reduction in Australian debt and interest rates similar to the rest of the World.

Those who have read David Ettridges’ or Pauline Hanson’s books know the details of one the most disgraceful chapters in the short history of Australian justice. Hundreds of thousands know that Tony Abbott played a key role in developing the trumped up charges that saw Hanson sentenced for three years gaol. Her subsequent complete exoneration by Queensland’s Chief Justice after she had served three months (some of it in solitary confinement) was less publicly broadcast. Recent media treatment of Pauline Hanson has continued the persecution.

In March last year, in the last weeks of her campaign for a seat in the Queensland Parliament, the Brisbane Courier Mail published a photo of a naked woman claiming it to be Pauline Hanson. It was a new low point. Voters unmercifully taunted her helpers on voting booths. Some minutes after the voting booths closed, the Editor of the paper phoned Pauline Hanson and apologised saying that he had been misled by a mentally impaired man who sold him the photo of another woman (a cursory glance at the woman’s eyes would have told anyone that they weren’t Pauline’s unusual eyes). It obviously destroyed her chance of winning a seat - the goal of those behind the paper. Her lawyer secured a damages “pay out” but the damage to her dignity had been done.

Now, the mongrel journalists are fabricating a story that she is quitting Australia to live in England and join an extreme right wing organisation. Some operate under instructions; others never understood what she stood for. In anger, I phoned her to get the facts. She is selling her 145 acre farm and going for a holiday in New Zealand and then the UK for six months. At no stage did she say that she was emigrating. She loves Australia and her family who live here. Pauline Hanson will emerge (with Bob Brown) as the most influential politician of the era.

Tony Abbott should be aware that there are enough former One Nation voters who remember what was done to Pauline Hanson to win or lose him an election. If, and I write “if” advisedly, Abbott is smart enough to be Prime Minister material, he should demonstrate it by making a public apology to Pauline Hanson. 



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