One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has won the Family Voice Australia’s national Mother of the Year award.
The Christian organisation’s competition was established “to highlight the importance mothers’ play in the development of the child” and “to recognise that mothers make a positive impact at home, work, community, church and in the family”.
Awards Selection Committee Chairman Greg Bondar said: “Pauline Hanson, a mother of four and a grandmother of 6, is a worthy recipient given her commitment to family and the community and indeed Australia as a member of federal parliament.”
Family Voice announced Hanson as the winner on the website, along with reasons she deserved the win.
“Pauline has been a true mother and indeed a wonderful grandmother with four children and six grandchildren. Pauline Hanson exploded upon the Australian political scene with her landmark maiden speech to Parliament after she was elected the Member for Oxley in 1996 showing her commitment to community,” the website read.
“Pauline Hanson is a worthy recipient given her commitment to family and the community and indeed Australia as a member of federal parliament.”
The Daily Telegraph reported Hanson was unaware she was nominated, but that she was “very honoured” to receive the award.
“You’re never over being a mother until the day that you die,” she said.
“The children may be adults but they come to you for guidance and advice and support they need throughout their lives.”
Hanson has opened up about her parenting skills in the past, comparing children to dogs in an interview on Today alongside radio presenter Neil Mitchell.
“I tell you what, I gave them a clip over the ear if they didn’t do what they were told, I didn’t have them running rampant through the shopping centres,” she said.
“The concept of treating your kids like dogs is wrong, it’s a concept, but kids are like dogs, if you actually look after them, treat them well, give them that love and care and attention. The problem today is parents aren’t allowed to discipline their kids. We are losing respect, they lose respect for authorities.”
A shocked Mitchell replied saying: “You can’t hit dogs, let alone children.”
“Kids are like dogs, if you actually look after them, treat them well, give them that love and care and attention. The problem today is parents aren’t allowed to discipline their kids. We are losing respect, they lose respect for authorities.” @PaulineHansonOz #9Today pic.twitter.com/DboCmqm5OP
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) August 18, 2019
The controversial Senator is currently in the middle of her election campaign, aiming to replace “left-leaning Liberals” with One Nation seats.