The Pauline Hanson Story
Pauline Hanson was the founder of One Nation, an Australian Political Party. She aired the views of some Australians and won a place in the House of Representatives You can read Pauline Hanson's maiden speech on line (see One Nation link below) or at First Speech To The Australian House Of Representatives by Pauline Hanson Representative, Australian House Of Representatives; Leader, One Nation Party" September 10, 1996 . Pauline Hanson was targeted by many people for her outspoken nationalist views and it is not the purpose of this web page to support or argue for or against her views.
Pauline Hanson now sits in jail in Queensland branded a "political prisoner" by many, sentenced to three years in jail without parole and strip searched several times by Queensland prison authorities.
I believe slush funds (hidden secret accounts funded mainly by males with business and political interests) were used to repeatedly hound Ms Hanson and drag her into the court system. She was accused of accepting about $500,000 in funds from the Government without proper political party registration having been properly complied with. All the money has been repaid by Ms Hanson and her supporters. Her solicitor and family are trying to have her released on bail through appeals which have been unsuccessful so far.
In contrast, Alan Bond (Order of Australia recipient and Australian of the year 1979) , a celebrity in Australia who pleaded guilty to a 1.2 billion fraud was given four years jail and finished of the sentence on a low security prison farm. I don't believe the money was recovered.
There is little justice in Australia for those (women) who are deemed by the patriarchy to be a threat and who the patriarchy have a chance at crucifying through the legal system and the media.
Search the internet to read more about Pauline Hanson's plight and follow her saga through her political party "One Nation". Support for One Nation has increased since Pauline Hanson was jailed.
"Pauline Hanson: truth will set me free",September 14, 2003,The Sun-Herald says "Jailed One Nation founder Pauline Hanson says she doesn't need the good luck wishes of her supporters because "the truth will set me free"." The article also says "In a letter to Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones, Hanson writes of her anger towards politicians who succumb to greed and power. She also maintains she has never deceived the Australian people, her political supporters or the Australian Electoral Commission. Hanson and fellow One Nation founder David Ettridge were jailed last month for three years for fraud over the registration and funding of their party. They are appealing against their sentences. Hanson's handwritten letter, in her elaborate script, laments the continuing plight of farmers losing their land and Australian workers losing their jobs to low-wage ghettoes overseas. She also bemoans the breakdown of families and the rights afforded children, without also bestowing on them responsibilities."
Alan Jones said in "United for a fair go" by Adam Harvey (The Sunday Times, Western Australia, September 13th 2003) "I have supported Pauline Hanson in that I support the notion that in Australia people have died for certain freedoms. One of them is Freedom of Speech." Alan Jones also said in this article "There are some who think freedom of speech means you're only entitled to say that which others agree with.This is the end result of an extraordinary campaign of vilification, denigration (and) defamation of Hanson." He said "We can't reach the point where people are vilified, denigrated, discredited and defamed simply because of views they hold. We live in an intelligent electorate where people are capable of making judgments about what's right and what's wrong".
Many major Australian newspapers have never been sympathetic to Pauline Hanson.
Interestingly, the Weekend Australian http://theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,7094415%255E17301,00.html reported regarding the slush funds etc "The "story" of Abbott plotting against One Nation has taken on a life of its own. And despite the flimsy base upon which it rests the Workplace Relations Minister and the Prime Minister must take it seriously. After all, within this confected whirlwind of opportunism, there could be a bitter harvest of sympathy and support for the rich but defunct One Nation Party. For various reasons, some of the most vociferous critics of One Nation in the past – Queensland Labor Premier Peter Beattie, Simon Crean, Queensland Labor frontbencher Craig Emerson, Hanson's love-hate biographer and journalist Margot Kingston, and a wounded ABC – are putting Abbott in the dock and fuelling One Nation sympathies."
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Fitzgerald, Ross ed. Comparing political thinkers. 320.5 COM
Jupp, James. From White Australia to Woomera : the story of Australian immigration. 325.94 JUP
Kingston, Margo. Off the rails : the Pauline Hanson trip. 070.4088329 KIN
Thomson, David ed. Political ideas. 320.01 THO
Two nations : the causes and effects of the rise of the One Nation Party in Australia. 324.294093 TWO
Crikey dot com features Margot Kingston's "Off the Rails: The Pauline Hanson Trip," Allen & Unwin, 1999.
Caslon analytics, 2001 elections
Caslon's analytics says"For Hanson's poujadist One Nation see The Rise and Fall of Pauline Hanson (St Lucia, Uni of Queensland Press 00) edited by Michael Leach, Geoffrey Stokes & Ian Ward, the more polemical Two Nations: The Causes and Effects of the Rise of the One Nation Party in Australia (Melbourne, Bookman 98) edited by Nadine Davidoff and Off The Rails - The Pauline Hanson Trip (Crows Nest, Allen & Unwin 01) by Margo Kingston".
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