Senator Pauline Hanson at Parliament House.
Senator Pauline Hanson at Parliament House. MICK TSIKAS

You can't deny her popularity

THE witch-hunt to undermine Pauline Hanson, her ideals and policies, is un-Australian.

Trying to mock her unsophisticated speech and viewpoint is unconscionable, tantamount to bullying.

But this is Australia after all, where bullying is a cultural pastime.

Ms Hanson has run the political gauntlet of prejudice before, but risen from the ashes, like the phoenix she is.

Political envy from conservatives and experienced politicians who cannot contain her popularity by ridicule and have now stooped to a culture of bullying, is reinforced by their allies, the media's Sydney Morning Herald writer, Mark Kenny and ASIO boss Duncan Lewis, who deny the connection between terrorism and refugees.

One would have had to live under a rock to assume there is no connection, contrary to what Ms Hanson attests.

Religious extremists have carry out attacks against "infidels". They feel justified by their religious beliefs and inspired by Isis ideology.

Manchester is reeling under the recent concert attack, where an English-born 22 year-old, of Libyan refugee parents, set out to maim and kill as many people as he could.

As previous British Home Secretary Therese May insisted, Muslims returning from fighting for Isis in Syria, will be refused re-entry into Britain.

Yet Australia fails to uphold a similar policy.

Biting the hand that welcomes them is extremists' modus operandi.

Caution and discretion in controlling the unlimited influx which Europe and England have experienced makes sense.

To deny the connection and discredit Pauline Hanson and her refugee policies is political negligence.

E. ROWE

Marcoola



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