Pauline Hanson is fed up being called a racist, has "had it up to here" with her tolerance and thinks we've lost our sense of humour because some people might not like being called a "wog."
The One Nation leader made the comments Thursday during a parliamentary debate over a bill to repeal the entire part of the law which makes it unlawful to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate people on the basis of their race. It differs from Senator Cory Bernardi's proposal to remove the words 'insult' and 'offend" from section 18c of the of the Racial Discrimination Act.
"People have come to our country -- and I remember most, years ago, when they came; there was the Greeks and Italians and different ones, they were called 'wogs' -- they keep telling me, they said 'my God we actually had everything thrown at us...'" she said.
"But we said 'nah, we got on with it'. Because when the Aussies had a go at them in that Aussie way they then became part of the community, they assimilated.
"I remember all the guys at the fish markets, the Greeks and Italians, we all had jokes together and it was taken in a good sense of humour, and we've lost that in Australia.
"I think people have become so precious that you can't say or do anything anymore, otherwise you'll be dragged off to the law courts."
Under what she termed "reverse racism" Australians "can't say anything anymore", which prompted someone in the chamber to say "I don't think you've been to many BBQs".
Hanson, who in her maiden speech in 1996 railed against Australia "being swamped by Asians" and in 2016 said we're being "swamped by Muslims" has also had enough of people calling her a racist.
"I am fed up with people inside this parliament and outside this house calling me a racist, yet they cannot define one word that I have ever said in policy, or anything, that is racist," she said.
She went on to say she welcomed anyone who has come to Australia to "join us, to assimilate, and to respect our culture and our way of life".
"I've had it up to here with my tolerance," she said.
"I believe we have a right to have an opinion and to debate it."Suggest a correction