Neither of them are known for holding their tongues and both regularly voice their strong – and often controversial – opinions in the Senate, however Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch went head to head with each other on Monday during a heated segment on morning television.
The One Nation leader told independent Senator Hinch to “get on the first plane out of the country” during a fiery exchange on Channel Seven’s morning show Sunrise.
Hanson hit back at Hinch after the 74-year-old interrupted her as she relayed all of the things she claims to have achieved through working closely with former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“I could speak to Malcolm Turnbull and he’d listen to what I’d have to say and I got a lot done, I’ve got to say that,” she said. “But I think he’s the type of person who would have taken this personally to actually be thrown out.”
“What have you done Pauline?” Hinch interrupted, causing Hanson bite back, telling Hinch he was “so wrong” before accusing him of being “half asleep most of the time”.
She replied: “Derryn I’m not spending the program like this.” Hanson then added: “The Singaporean buying up the land, that was one actually you know, so, he listened to what I have to say, medicinal cannabis that was another one through his department.”
To which Hinch replied: “You voted, Pauline you voted against medicinal cannabis, you voted against medicinal cannabis, the Greens and I voted in favour of it and you and your colleagues voted against it. I was shocked. Remember that.”
After threatening to check Hansard to prove Hanson was being dishonest, the Queensland Senator then made things more personal and told Hinch to go back to his birth country of New Zealand.
She said: “You vote for the Greens most of the time, you have no idea. Look, I’m not here to argue with you, go and pack your bags and get on the next flight out of the country, that’s where you belong.”
Causing Hinch to respond: “Oh that’s your usual thing to everybody, every migrant, get out of the country. I’ve been an Australian citizen since 1980, that sort of argument is puerile, stupid.”
“Go back to New Zealand and pick up your manners Derryn,” Hanson then replied. “And then come back when you’ve got some manners.
It is far from the first time that the outspoken pair have locked horns, as they have previously clashed on issues such as the proposed sugar tax, in February last year.
However one topic which united the pair was euthanasia as, speaking last year, Hanson and Hinch both revealed they were in favour of voluntary assisted dying legislation.
At the time, Hanson said: “I and only I, will determine when my time is up and if I am not in a position to do so, then loved ones of my choosing will.”
While Hinch revealed that his support comes from the experience of watching his own mother battle liver cancer. “She weighed about 30 kilos, and looked like a Biafran refugee.”