A young Muslim voter locked horns with Pauline Hanson during Monday night’s episode of the ABC’s Q&A, after the Queensland Senator blamed Muslims and their “different ideologies” for many problems in Australia.
Hanson was one of five panelists on the show when audience member Khadija Fatima stood up and quizzed the controversial pollie about the offence Hanson claimed she felt over comparisons made between herself and Fraser Anning, following his maiden speech in the Senate earlier this month.
“You said that you were deeply offended by the comparisons made between you and Fraser Anning after his maiden speech. How will you justify this when you yourself called for an immigration ban in your maiden speech. As well as stating ‘we are in danger of being swamped by Asians’.
“And then again in 2016 you stated ‘we are in danger of being swamped by Muslims’. So when you both are on the same page why do you take so much offence?”
Hanson replied by arguing that she has always advocated “you don’t have to be white to be Australian” and went on to say that she wanted Muslims to integrate into Australian society and “respect our way of life”.
“I will call out how I see it and a lot of other Australians see it the same way,” a defiant Hanson said. “So I’m sorry, I’m not out to offend people, I’m here to protect Australians, that we feel safe on our streets and don’t want the problems here.”
When asked by host Tony Jones if she was offended by Hanson’s comments, Fatima responded by saying: “I’m as much an Australian as you are Pauline.”
“Our Sharia law, the first law is to follow the law of your country,” she added. “Any Muslim in this room, across the country, will tell you the same. What you are talking about are the ideologies of a country, like Saudi Arabia, that’s a country by itself they have their own laws.
“But don’t push it on all the Muslims across the world. No that’s different.”
To which Hanson replied: “I’m not denying that. All I ask for is respect our laws and our culture and our way of life.”
Hanson appeared on last night’s episode of the politics show, which was filmed in Mackay, alongside leader of Katter Australia Party Bob Katter MP, MP Cathy O’Toole, Nationals backbencher George Christensen and Greens Senator Larissa Waters.