Senator Pauline Hanson at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 15 February 2017. Photo: Andrew Meares Photo: Andrew MearesPauline Hanson has compared Islam to a disease Australians need to vaccinate themselves against, a comment described by the Deputy Prime Minister as “bat poo crazy”.
The Queensland senator, who was forced into a rare apology earlier this month, after recommending parents ask for a non-existent test before vaccinating their children, reiterated her calls for a ban on Islamic immigration in the wake of a terror attack in London, where four people died, as well as the British-born terrorist.
After facing condemnation from both sides of politics for releasing a video just hours after the attack calling for the hashtag #Pray4MuslimBan to be used in place on #PrayForLondon hashtag as a way to “solve the problem”, Senator Hanson remained defiant.
“Let me put it in this analogy – we have a disease, we vaccinate ourselves against it,” she said on Friday.
“Islam is a disease; we need to vaccinate ourselves against that.”
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was quick to denounce the One Nation leader’s latest comments as “bat poo crazy” and said people were not a disease.
“This kind of stuff does not help anybody,” he said.
“It was just stupid, it was plain dumb,” he said.
“I’ll try and put it really simply – I, on behalf of the Australian people, am very proud to be going to this place called Indonesia, the biggest Islamic country on Earth and we export to them massive amounts of wheat and massive amounts of cattle and I get along really well with them. We move a heap of product.
“And statements like that … the worst insults you could ever have in politics – they are not helpful.”
Earlier, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said promoting a Muslim ban was playing into the terrorist organisations’ hands.
“Their recruiting message to Muslims and Australian Muslims is to say ‘this country doesn’t really want you, you’re not really Australian, they all hate you’,” he told 3AW radio.
“Inciting hatred against any part of the Australian community is always dangerous. It undermines the mutual respect that we have in our community.”
But Senator Hanson said: “it comes down to immigration”.
“People want answers and that is why I am receiving so much support on my stance on this,” she told a press conference in Brisbane on Friday afternoon.
“I am listening to the Australian people.”
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