Pauline Hanson says Rudd's asylum-seeker solution doomed
FORMER One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has waded back into the immigration debate, saying Kevin Rudd's PNG solution to the country's asylum-seeker crisis is doomed to fail.
But the woman whose views on refugees divided a nation 15 years ago, lent tentative support to Sunshine Coast families who had opened their homes to asylum seekers.
The controversial former politician arrived on the Coast to campaign with One Nation candidates for the coming federal election and didn't mince her words on the "PNG solution".
"You've got 750 different tribes (in PNG). They're even fighting over the land rights in that country as well; you've got a Christian country that is very strong in their beliefs, I just don't believe it will work," she said.
"It's a short-term BAND-AID solution and he's done it to try and grab those votes prior to the election because he knows he has to be seen to be doing something before he goes to the polls.
Ms Hanson, who recently rejoined One Nation and is campaigning for the NSW Senate, wasn't about to criticise the 400 Sunshine Coast families who recently volunteered to have refugees live in their homes.
But she warned asylum seekers who spent time with Australian families needed to repay that love and support.
"I hope they repay the Australians with loyalty and kindness, and if they are going to become Australians, accept and respect our culture, our people, our flag and our way of life, and don't try and change us."
Around 48 Coast families have already hosted refugees for periods of six weeks, allowing them to experience Australian life.
Ms Hanson supported the need to be tolerant of the cultures of asylum seekers, but said it was a two-way street.
She also remained steadfastly against allowing too many Muslims to settle in Australia under asylum-seeker programs.
"I'm told I've got to be tolerant and I think Australians have been very tolerant, and we've welcomed many cultures into our country," she said.
"Where is their tolerance of going and sharing a swimming pool with other Australians, where is their tolerance that when they go to school that Christmas carols can be sung, or a nativity scene, or their tolerance that there is a Bible in our hospitals?
"I don't think there's tolerance on their part whatsoever, and Australians are feeling this and I hear it all the time."
Audio link below: Pauline Hanson chats with Mark Darin and Lisa Curry on Mix-FM radio