Harking back to her infamous 1996 maiden speech where she warned Australia would be "swamped by Asians", One Nation senator Pauline Hanson used her second maiden speech to warn that the country was now in danger of being "swamped by Muslims".
Hanson was afforded a second maiden speech on Wednesday, 20 years and four days after her first, after being re-elected to parliament.
"To all my peers in this place and those from the past, I have two words for you: I'm back. But not alone," she said, referring to the three other One Nation senators who were elected on her coattails.
She wasted no time pulling out some of her greatest hits, almost immediately launching into criticisms of the Muslim community.
She criticised dedicated swimming pool times for Muslim women, halal certification (" a money-making racket") and sharia law; she also raised banning Muslim immigration, banning Australian companies from paying for halal certification, and stopping the construction of Muslim schools. She also spoke about welfare and unemployment, the selloff of agricultural lands and water, foreign ownership and the national debt. Hanson also mentioned men's suicide in relation to family law disputes and the "unworkable" law system.
But the headline soundbite will be the reference back to the most famous line of her maiden speech.
"In my first speech in 1996, I said we were in danger of being swamped by Asians. This was not said out of disrespect for Asians but meant as a slap in the face to both Liberal and Labor governments to immigration targeting cultures purely for the vote," Hanson said, claiming "society was changing too rapidly due to migrants coming in through the front door and the back door."
"Now we are in danger of being swamped by Muslims who bear a culture and ideology that is incompatible with our own."
The line harked back to her 1996 speech:
It was hard not to compare the pair:
The Greens senators left the chamber en masse early in Hanson's speech:
Greens senator Rachel Siewert shed light on the Greens' walkout.
"Thank you for your indulgence. We may not agree on everything, but we need to work together for the future of our country and its people," Hanson concluded.
"If you are prepared to see this country prosper, rather than shut it down."
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