Following abuse, Pauline Hanson has this to say

Queensland senator Pauline Hanson has called on Murrandoo Yanner to join her in tackling key issues affecting Indigenous communities ,
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Queensland senator Pauline Hanson has called on Murrandoo Yanner to join her in tackling key issues affecting Indigenous communities , following yesterday’s verbal altercation at the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair.
In a video posted to Facebook, the senator describes how she believes Mr Yanner’s reaction wasn’t called for, considering the support she’d previously received from well-known Indigenous artist Ken Thaiday.

She says she’s “really ashamed to see what happened with Murrandoo Yanner on the steps, and his abuse of me.”

What follows is a call for cooperation from the senator.

She said, “This man stands for a lot of issues that I stand for as well and that I have spoken about 20 years ago.” One of the issues she pointed to was violence and alcoholism in Aboriginal communities.

“Another of one of my issues that I spoke out against and I got called racist, and Noel Pearson came out and said it and he gets pat on the back,” she said.

She said Mr Yanner could “make a big difference” with her.

“Please let’s work together on these issues. They’re important to me and important to Aboriginal people,” she said.

“I think the perception about me was wrong and I’m here to support the Aboriginal community and Torres Strait Islanders. I’m your representative.”

View the video here:

What do you think of Ms Hanson’s response?

  1. Mandi bennett  

    She can’t do anymore…… Let’s see him man up, apologize and work together

    • Chris  

      With all of the different Nationalities and Cultures in Australia, why is that only the White Australian gets called a Racist just because they express a viewpoint or opinions.
      It seems that only WHITE PEOPLE are Racist.
      We in Australia do not go to other Countries and try to CHANGE THEIR WAYS OR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS but if we here in Australia Voice our opinion when we don’t want our ways to change we are Branded as RACIST.
      If other Nationalities wish to come here and live because they say it is a Safer and better place live all I asked is not to come here and change it to where just came from.
      Please remember we can give people help and assistance to live but they must step up and accept it if they want it.
      We can’t force you to change.
      My Ancestors came here as Convicts and were proud to accept change to the AUSTRALIAN WAY OF LIFE.
      Born and Raised Australian and I don’t want it to change and that is my opinion.

  2. Glenys Howard  

    Her racist views are entrenched. She is who she is.I’m with him……………………………

    • HOW COME ITS CALLED RACISM WHEN IT INVOLES ANY OTHER PEOPLE OTHER THAN WHITE PEOPLE I HAVE BEEN LAUGHED AT RIDICULED AND SPOKEN ABOUT IN FRONT OF MY FACE BY PEOPLE WHO SPOKE A DIFFRENT TONGUE WORKED AMONG A GROUP WHO SPOKE IN THERE OWN TONGUE WHEN THEY SPOKE PERFECTLY GOOD ENGLISH BUT I WAS TOLD THEY HAVE THE RIGHT WERE ARE THE WHITE PERSONS RIGHTS I THINK PEOPLE JUST JUMP ON A WOODEN BOX WITHOUT THINKING

      • [email protected]  

        How true Cathy

      • bruce taylor  

        You can’t blame the man for speaking the TRUTH. I liken this woman to Hitler with his master race.

    • Ms Hanson turned up there with a camera crew, obviously hoping for the result she got, so now she’s justified! I saw the post SAS put up yesterday on another site frequented by a much younger group of people. Their comments were totally opposite to most of “ours”. They saw her actions as deliberate, provoking, divisive – why can’t us oldies see that?

    • Elise  

      You sound like a really unbiased, reasonable, and virtuous person whose views are not at all entrenched. How commendable!

    • Peter McKenzie  

      Everyone is so gutless,all they want is to join the spineless and call her racist.She is trying to make a difference and the aboriginal people need someone to listen to them, so their leaders need to swallow their ego’s and try to work with her.

    • Craig  

      Which makes you a hypocrite. Why are only white people called racists? Do you believe that black skin people are incapable of such feelings?

  3. M Dorosch  

    its amazing how hard this woman works and is interested in the lowly working class who struggle each day to survive while certain other politicians work for themselves and how much money they can pocket and do not care about the people struggling!!,,,She cops abuse from so many,,,is it because she is right?

    • She has yet to prove she’s not interested in the money! She hasn’t yet appeared in Parliament – the proof will be what she does when she gets to work.

    • Susan Knowles  

      She gets as much money as any other politician.

    • Paul Hoolihan  

      Ask her how much she has pocketed over 20 years, you could live for forty years of pension payments.

      • Angela  

        What a ridiculous comment. Ask every single other politicians the same questions. I hear no one speaking up about that. Yet because its Pauline Hanson she gets hammered for it.

  4. Steve Paris  

    Yanner is s renowned racist (against non Aboriginals). What has he achieved for his people ?, nothing but stirring up hatred and resentment. He really should take her up on her offer and actually do some good for his people.

  5. Isabel Liddle  

    We have to be one nation! We can be one nation with many cultures but we can’t be a country with many nations. We are unique, we are an island nation, on the world stage we are young, this is not diminishing the age and history of the Aborigine heritage.
    Perhaps Ms Hanson should be worked with to enable her to vocalise her beliefs in a less divisive manner.

  6. rikda  

    Pauline’s problem is sorting.
    She is half right about a lot of very important things.
    The environment she works in, which is politically combative, a brownie points arena, she is fair game.
    Politics in this country is so negative, there is very little to show for what’s been spent in the last 40 years.
    The latest “revelation” is high speed rail.
    Typhoon, Tsunami & earthquake prone Japan has had it for 50 years. Duh!
    Pauline is a duck in a barrel. Very few if any will want to solve or help solve anything she proposes.

  7. T mourilyan  

    Keep doing what you are doing Pauline.You won’t please everyone all the time.
    Keep speaking up in what you believe,That’s why you were voted in as a senator for the majority of the people

  8. wattlebee  

    A good response from Hanson.
    Yanner was a fool to carry on so on camera and achieved nothing for his rant except scorn.
    He would be well advised to drop the ‘tough guy’ act and work positively for all Australians.

  9. Dianne Evans  

    I am not a Hanson fan but she spoke very well and is correct in saying what happened was wrong and they do need to work together.

  10. I feel that Pauline was dignified in her reaction and in her reasoning. She has and is fighting for aboriginal people, and Yanner was wrong to attack her like that. I believe he owes her an apology, then he needs to get behind her and work with her to make things better for aboriginals. At the moment he isn’t doing anything constructive.

  11. Mr Yanner you are in a position of power to help your people. Take the offer of help from Pauline Hanson she is a woman who will fight to help your cause if she is on your side. She obviously is, as she is offering you the olive branch to work through the problems which face the Aboriginal people. Swallow your pride man and accept the help that is being offered. Just remember Pauline is for the people more than any other politician I have seen. Work with her not against her. Keep up the good work Pauline and do not let anything put you off doing the right thing for the people who elected you.

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