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Pauline Hanson questions the validity of the Aboriginal flag

PAULINE Hanson has come out in support of the controversial Australia Day lamb advertisement saying people who have an issue with it should simply get over it.

She said certain sections of society would whinge about anything given the chance and people needed to stop being so precious.

This year's lamb advertisement features a sophisticated special-ops mission to bring back expatriates to enjoy a lamb chop for Australia Day.

The scene that has caused the stir involves a beardy little bloke refusing to go back with the soldier because he has become a vegan.

Panicked superiors shout orders to "get him out of there" and the soldier turns the full force of his flame-thrower on a bowl of kale.

The ad has become the most complained about advertisement in Australian television history since its release last week.

Ms Hanson took a swipe at those who took offence to the ad saying they needed to have a good hard look in the mirror.

"Well done to Sam Kekovich . . . he has done a magnificent job promoting Australia Day and lamb in the process," she said.

"I have no problem with vegans, but they need to accept the fact the majority of Australians eat meat.

"Honestly, some people have nothing better to do with their lives than to whinge and complain about every single little thing.

"I think they just like the sound of their own voice."

Ms Hanson also threw her support behind Aussie Bums founder Sean Ashby who was forced to withdraw his Australia Day themed underwear from sale.

The underwear featured boomerangs, dot paintings and a cartoon of an Aboriginal man standing on one leg, but it was criticised for being disrespectful and insulting.

The Australian flag appeared on the underwear design but not the Aboriginal flag.

"We as Australians have never been asked in a referendum whether we endorse or recognise the Aboriginal flag," she said.

"But it is flown everywhere, especially above government buildings.

"Flying two Australian flags is extremely divisive . . . we should be united under the one flag, the Australian flag."

Ms Hanson said she knew Mr Ashby from their time together on Celebrity Apprentice where he donated $60,000 to charity after she accepted an offer to wash cars in an Australian bikini.

She said Mr Ashby was a very responsible businessman and would not have done anything with malice.

"I personally did not find his Australia Day themed underwear offensive," she said.

"If anything he has been inclusive of Aboriginals."

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