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VIDEO: Hero’s welcome greets Pauline Hanson in M'boro

LOVE her or hate her, few politicians could expect the kind of reception awaiting One Nation's Pauline Hanson in Maryborough on Thursday.

The fiery redhead was greeted with hugs, cheers and camera flashes as she made her way through the Heritage Markets alongside her Maryborough candidate Damian Huxham.

Speaking to the Chronicle over a coffee, Ms Hanson didn't hold back when asked about one of her more controversial policies - equality in the distribution of government money, particularly when it comes to investing in Aboriginal-only programs.

She was adamant that if elected, the first job for her and any other One Nation member would be to "call for accountability" within the government and ensure that money "is spent to the benefit of all Australians".

"The problem is, they have used the Aboriginals as a political football and thrown money at programs which isn't getting to the grass root issues," Ms Hanson said.

"We can't have two disadvantaged Australian children sitting next to each other in a classroom and say one gets everything for free simply because they are Aboriginal."

While she knew One Nation would not lead Queensland, Ms Hanson said members of her party would act as "the watchdog".

One Nation is also campaigning on a promise to introduce an incentive program for apprentices, train nurses in hospitals - not universities, oppose coal seam gas, ban Halal certification and new mosques and support the use of medicinal cannabis.

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One Nation's Pauline Hanson walked Maryborough's streets with her candidate Damian Huxham and posed for a photo with Wendy Burns.
One Nation's Pauline Hanson walked Maryborough's streets with her candidate Damian Huxham and posed for a photo with Wendy Burns. Valerie Horton

 

Topics:  editors picks, maryborough, pauline hanson, queensland election 2015



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