OPINION: Keep those bastards honest

AFTER all that has happened in the last 20 years, who would have thought we'd be here, in the year 2016, talking about Pauline Hanson calling the shots in the Senate?

Back in 1996 we were told it was the Asians that were in danger of taking over Australia. With that supposed threat now long-passed or just forgotten about, the enduring issue of boat arrivals and Islamic terrorism have no doubt done something to influence the second coming of Ms Hanson.

Is there more to it than just Pauline's stance on Islam? Possibly.

It was interesting to read the opinions of some of our Ipswich voters on the weekend, who said they ticked the One Nation box because they believe Ms Hanson will "stick up for the Aussie battler" when it comes to questions of free trade policy and looking after farmers.

"Sticking up for battlers" and "keeping the bastards honest" are cliches we've heard too many times before. Only actions will mean anything from here on in.

I'm excited about the idea of Coleyville becoming the new Kirribilli, but I'm also wary.

Provided we don't go back to the polls, it is going to be an interesting next three years.



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