One Nation vows to save Australia from Islam
CONTROVERSIAL politician Pauline Hanson has lashed out at Islam, foreign real estate investors and farming regulation in a fiery return as One Nation leader.
But she stopped short of adopting, as party policy, One Nation state president Jim Savage's nine-point plan to "degrade Islam's influence" and "save Australia from this threat" by placing a laundry list of restrictions on Muslims.
A crowd of more than 100 gathered at Caboolture Golf Club and greeted Ms Hanson with rapturous applause during yesterday's One Nation relaunch, where she announced the party executive had endorsed her as national chairman and party leader.
She confirmed the party would once again be known in Queensland as Pauline Hanson's One Nation.
"I'm back. The redhead is back," she said. "We can no longer take for granted our freedom of speech or democracy. There are those lurking close at hand who wish to destroy all that is Australian and our freedom.
"It is up to all of us not to shirk our political responsibilities. No longer can we rely on our government to look after our interests."
Is Pauline Hanson Australia's saviour?
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Yes. She's the only one I agree with on Islam.
Yes. Her policies are generally the best.
No. She's too extreme to be anyone's saviour.
No. Agree or not, she has no power.
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Earlier, Mr Savage had laid out his plan to degrade Islam's influence, which included banning all Muslim immigration unless approved by the relevant minister, a moratorium on building new mosques and forbidding the burqa and niqab in public places.
The plan would also scrap Halal certification, introduce new laws to target immigrants or children of immigrants found to be "preaching hate", appoint a special taskforce to monitor every mosque in the country and require all migrants to learn English.
"One Nation as a political party is on its own in its desire to save Australia from encroaching Islam," he said.
"We have always been years ahead of the other parties in these ideas and I believe that time will, once again prove us correct but with this political issue Australia doesn't have a lot of time to wait."
When asked about the plan, Ms Hanson said it was the first she had heard of it but she supported it in principle.
"It needs to be open for discussion and I think the public need to have an input into this," she said.
A spokesman for the Muslim Organisation of the Sunshine Coast, which is planning to build a new mosque in Maroochydore, said Ms Hanson's views on Islam weren't worth commenting on.
Editor's Note: An error in this article where we had written that "more than 1000 had gathered" has been corrected to to say "more than 100 had gathered".