One Nation leader Pauline Hanson explosively clashed with Sunrise host David Koch after the television star asked her if she “felt complicit” with the recent terror attack in New Zealand.
The Queensland Senator appeared on the Channel Seven breakfast show on Monday morning, when Kochie broached the topic of One Nation’s “anti-Muslim policy” and suggested the beliefs held by Hanson’s party could “empower white supremacists”.
“This terrorist manifesto reads like One Nation immigration and muslim policy,” Koch said. “Do you in any way feel complicit with this atrocity?”
After being asked to explain by Hanson, Koch added: “The anti-Muslim rhetoric that you espouse constantly here, that you did in your maiden speech when you came to parliament in 2016. Do you understand?”
Hanson responded by saying she “feels for these people”, adding: “I feel for those families that have lost their lives. We have problems but you have actually got to discuss it and debate the issues.
“Why [do] we have these terrorist attacks in this country? Why is it happening around the world?”
The debate then escalated further when Koch claimed that “most of the terrorist attacks are carried out by right-wing, white supremacists”, adding that they are “egged on” by Hanson’s own comments, quoting her maiden speech in which she claimed Australians “will be living as second class citizens under Sharia law”.
Hanson hit back saying: “Have a look at what has happened in England, I speak to people who are leaving England now because they’ve lost their country. England is not the country they grew up in. Women can not walk down the streets in Sweden. In France the same thing.”
Koch labelled those claims “tripe”, to which Hanson replied: “It is not tripe David. I didn’t grow up with terrorism on the streets in this country, people weren’t being murdered. Why has it changed now?”
“Yes you did,” Koch hit back. “We had Hilton bombings, we had the IRA. You make such bold claims that every Muslim is terrible, every Muslim is a threat because they don’t look like us and they don’t have our religion.
“It’s like saying something stupid like every Catholic priest is a paedophile. It’s the same logic as you.”
A total of 50 people were killed in the New Zealand city of Christchurch when Brenton Tarrant allegedly opened fire on worshippers at two mosques on Friday.
Australian Tarrant has since been charged with murder and his cousin Donna Cox spoke out in an emotional interview on Channel 7’s Sunday Night show, revealing the huge impact his alleged crimes will have on his parents, who live in Grafton, NSW.
“Just what he’s putting his family through. That he is from… a very respected family, his mum, his dad, were pretty high in the community here,” she said on the show.
On Friday afternoon the city in the country’s south island was targeted in what has been described as a designated terrorist attack. At about 1.40pm (local time) a gunman entered the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and opened fire, before driving about 5 kilometres across town and attacking the Linwood mosque. A bomb was also found in a car on Strickland Street about 4 kilometres from the Al Noor Mosque.