Hanson back to where it all began at old fish and chip shop
PAULINE Hanson was more than impressed yesterday to discover that Marsden's Seafood still make their Dagwood Dogs the way she used to 20 years ago.
Ms Hanson, the One Nation candidate for Lockyer, was working the cookers back in her old fish and chip shop in Silkstone where she said her customers provided her with feedback about the key issues that she has since championed in her political career.
"I bought the shop in 1987 and sold it in 1997 after 10 years of hard work 90 hours a week providing for myself and my family," she said.
"This is where I got to speak to grass roots Australians about the problems we were experiencing, and I say 'we' because I went through it as well. That is something politicians today don't understand.
"That is why I can come back today to work those cookers as I did 17 years ago.
"I can take my experience of running a small business onto the floor of parliament that the other members haven't got.
"No-one gave me anything and no-one owed me anything, and I think we have to get back to that."
Ms Hanson said she kept the shop for a year after entering federal parliament in 1996 as the member for Oxley. The shop is now owned by Thanh Huynh who agreed Ms Hanson hadn't lost her touch as a cook.
"I used to come back from parliament and work the shop with the girls on a Friday night," Ms Hanson said.
"I'd still come and give Thanh a hand if they wanted some help."
Ms Hanson said the fresh way Marsden's Seafood prepare their Dagwood Dog and potato scallops was the same as in the old days.
"The tradition has been handed down," she said.
Ms Hanson also reinforced she was more than prepared to take it to the major parties at the January 31 election.
"I can still dish it up to them," she said.
"This is where I made policies. I really understood how the Australian people felt when I went on the floor of parliament."
Who will you vote for in Lockyer in 2015?
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Ian Rickuss (LNP)
Steve Leese (Labor)
Pauline Hanson (One Nation)
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