FAMED for her flaming red hair and fiery views on immigration, Pauline Hanson was greeted with a warm welcome in Griffith this week.
On a whistle-stop tour of the Riverina, the One Nation senate candidate shook hands with locals at the PCYC pre-polling station on Wednesday.
“A lot of people have been happy to see me,” Ms Hanson said.
Griffith man Simon Carusi voted for Ms Hanson and thought criticism of the wannabe-senator was political correctness gone too far.
“I voted for Pauline Hanson because I want someone in Canberra that sticks to their word and says what the average Australian is thinking,” he said.
“People take the criticism of racism too far these days, it’s better to let her speak her mind.
“I’m from Italian descent and I don’t think she’s racist.”
Ms Hanson said she had no problem with migrants but they need to respect the Australian culture, flag and people. “I’m not a racist, I am a patriotic person,” she said.
“I am for a multiracial community but not a multicultural community.”
Ms Hanson explained if elected, she would make sure Islamic Sharia law would not take root in Australia and accused the major leaders of being unpatriotic for not following her lead. “Migrants who want to bring their baggage and their way of life to Australia are against me,” she said.
“Sharia Law is not a problem in the rural areas yet, but it is a big deal in the cities and it is a legitimate concern for our country because you have situations like one man with four wives.”
Ms Hanson also launched a sweeping attack on the two major parties for failing farmers.
“Liberal and Labor have destroyed farming, such as allowing fruit into the country at the expense of local fruit growers,” she said.
“All you’ll get from Abbott and Rudd is support for the free trade agreements which are ripping the guts out of our country.”
She also took aim at environmentalism, council-driven sustainable development and foreign investment.
“Environmental issues have gone way overboard and all they do is stop farmers from running successful businesses,” she said.
“Telling farmers they can’t clear their paddocks when they want to is stupidity and a case of government stifling farmers.”
Ms Hanson’s other policies of note include paying the HECS debt of professionals who agree to live and work in country Australia, training nurses in hospitals, and paying a proportion of apprentice wages so their training is not a burden on employers.