PAULINE Hanson is tonight set to get back into Australian politics after nearly 20 years in the wilderness and remains hopeful her team will win a second Queensland Senate seat.
After just falling short in the seat of Lockyer at last year’s state election, Ms Hanson said she had the same feeling about the Federal poll as she did in 1996, when she was first elected to the lower house seat of Oxley.
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Campaigning at Jamboree Heights State School today, Ms Hanson’s team was confident of successfully gaining two Senate seats in Queensland, along with at least one other nationally.
Should her One Nation party win a second Queensland Senate seat, little-known engineer Malcolm Roberts would sit beside Ms Hanson in the Upper House.
Ms Hanson said she had received a very good reaction from voters throughout Australia who were fed up with the major parties.
“Having travelled around the country quite extensively, especially Queensland in the last month, there has been very strong on-ground support (and) I’m feeling very confident to pick up the seat,” she said.
“There’s a huge swing against the major political parties. People are fed up. They feel they’re not listened to.”
Although she was a sitting member of Parliament for only a handful of years, Ms Hanson said voters were turning to her as a veteran of politics.
And despite past accusations of xenophobia, she yesterday claimed time had healed the wounds among voters, and she had been warmly received from people with “ethnic backgrounds”.
“I had a Fijian guy who came up to me and gave me the biggest hug and said we need people like you in our parliament protecting our country; even people of Chinese and Asian background,” the one-time fish and chip shop owner said.
Her camp yesterday said the campaign had been run on a shoestring budget on the back of a strong social media campaign, especially through Facebook.
If she was to win office, Ms Hanson said her party would relish the opportunity to hold the balance of power in a hung parliament and did not rule out supporting the Greens with legislation as long as it was “good for Australia”.
“I don’t intend to go in there as an obstructionist and I intend to go in there and look at all parts of legislation,” Ms Hanson said.
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