Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Hanson ups the anti
Dancing with the Stars celebrity Pauline Hanson shimmies down a parliament house pathway to meet with journalists.
Hanson announced she is running as an independent for the Senate in Queensland in this year's federal election.
It's been more than a decade since she was last elected to the House of Representatives.
She galvanised the country with her maiden speech in September 1996 suggesting that Australia was in danger of being swamped by Asians.
Recently she caused a stir when she said African migrants had diseases such as AIDS, and too many Muslims were being allowed into Australia.
Ms Hanson ran as an independent Senate candidate at the 2004 poll but failed to win a seat.
She received 4.54 per cent of the vote and pocketed $199,886 for her trouble.
If she achieves the same number of votes at this year's poll, she will take home about $216,000.
Should she win it will be at the expense of Democrat deputy leader Senator Andrew Bartlett. Although she can hardly be blamed for the Australian Democrats' support hitting rock bottom.
The major political parties will campaign against her and she is unlikely to get preferences from any of them.
If she ends up holding the balance of power in the Senate it’s unlikely to make much difference. The major parties tend to pick up her issues and policies anyway.