PAULINE Hanson says there are Muslim members in One Nation, but she won’t name them publicly for fear of endangering their lives. The senator-elect, who wants to stop Muslims from migrating to Australia and launch an inquiry into the religion, told news.com.au that identifying her Muslim party members could get them killed.
“I won’t give their names, no, [because of] concerns for their safety. It is the same with Muslims I met during my campaign,” Ms Hanson said.
Ms Hanson said any person who spoke out against Islam in Australia was endangering their life, worrying their families and “all their friends are very concerned about their safety”.
The fallout from making statements against Islam had been obvious last week following television personality Sonia Kruger’s on air confession that “personally, I would like to see it (Muslim migration) stop now for Australia”.
“They won’t speak out [against Islam] because they are frightened, like Sonia Kruger,” Ms Hanson said.
“She was very clear in how she felt and the next day she was virtually apologising. She has watered down what she is saying.”
Ms Hanson said Muslim Australians she had met while on her election campaign had expressed their fears about the dangers in this country from radicalised young people who might undertake acts of terrorism, but would not speak out about it.
“The Grand Mufti is not allowed to come out and speak against his faith. They are in fear themselves.”
The One Nation leader said she would continue to discuss the dangers of Islam outside parliament before the Senate was formally installed on around August 30.
She said the ABC had “ambushed” program on Monday, on which she found herself the lone conservative on a panel of left-leaning commentators.
“Of course they ambushed me. I was asked to go on and it was all senators talking about the parliament and what’s our role working with the parliament.”
Instead, Ms Hanson said she found herself embroiled in a heated discussion about Islam with Labor Senator Sam Dastyari, Greens Senator Larissa Waters and audience members, one of whom invited her to dinner at a Muslim home.
While outside the ABC studio up to six anti-Hanson protesters were arrested, Ms Hanson said her appearance on the program prompted a flood of support.
“Our phones were running off the hook. The support I’ve got has been astounding.
Ms Hanson said she was pressing ahead for a debate about “hate preachers and the radicalisation that is happening in our mosques”.
She was interested that Senator Jacqui Lambie had since supported her anti-Islam stance, but said fellow senator-elect Derryn Hinch would not follow.
“He wouldn’t have the guts to come out and back me,” she said. “He sees me as radical and racist.
“I’ll wait and see who else is there [in support] and if I end up with more [One Nation] senators.”
Ms Hanson also called on feminists to come out against Islam.
“Where are all the feminists in this country? In Islam women are suppressed, covered up, they are segregated in the mosque and there is female genital mutilation. Where’s the feminists on this?”
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