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Senator Pauline Hanson has opposed the Indigenous Voice to Parliament and has extraordinarily claimed it would be ‘Australia’s version of apartheid’.
The One Nation leader stayed true to her divisible roots and voiced her opposition to enshrining an Indigenous voice into the constitution.
Sadly for her, the chamber where she made her speech was largely empty at the time due to most people watching Greens leader Adam Bandt’s National Press Club address.
She believes the potential constitutional move would create a power struggle between white and Indigenous Australians.
She said: “The risk is very real that the sovereignty that all Australians have over their land and country will be handed to a racial minority.
“Why does this have to be in the constitution? What is the real ulterior motive? This can only be about power - creating a nation within a nation.
“This can only be about taking power from whitefellas and giving it to blackfellas. This is Australia's version of apartheid.
“Are they prepared for the compensation or reparations which will be demanded when the High Court decides that traditional ownership means sovereign control?”
Just last week, Senator Hanson stormed out of parliament during an acknowledgement of country, in a move that was befitting of her character.
She used her unattended speech in parliament as another means to attack the concept of the acknowledgment of country speeches.
She continued: “Where will you stand, given that you acknowledge traditional ownership every day? Do you acknowledge that I, like millions of Australians, legally own my land and worked very hard for it?
“Do I have rights to my land, too? Can't you acknowledge my connection to my land and my love for my country?”
Within her speech, she attacked Greens senator Lidia Thorpe who called The Queen a ‘coloniser’ earlier this week, whilst Hanson also praised Aboriginal Senator Jacinta Price.
Senator Price praised Hanson’s walkout during the acknowledgement of country earlier this week and has been a stout opposer of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
Hanson also took the opportunity to take aim at Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, claiming he had ‘contempt’ for anyone who opposed the constitutional change.
She maintained the Prime Minister had not consulted Indigenous people about the move and claimed that the Aboriginal people did not agree with it.
She concluded her speech: “There is much in this proposal that reeks of the empty gestures and symbolism which make progressives feel good about themselves but otherwise achieve nothing.
“It's also reeking of the disgusting, patronising attitudes that privileged bureaucrats and lawmakers routinely adopt towards indigenous Australians proud members of a culture which has endured for tens of thousands of years.
“This is an attempt to rewrite the past, manipulate the present and destroy the future.
“Unlike both sides of this chamber, I have listened to indigenous Australians and their elders. Stop using them as fodder for your own purposes.”
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