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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pauline Hanson will run in NSW Election

Last year Puline Hanson said she was moving to the UK because Australia was no longer the land of opportunity. She was leaving politics for good after she missed out on a seat in the last Queensland state election. But she said there were far too many refugees in Europe and she came home. Now she's ready to shake up the NSW State elections by standing as an Independent. Premier Keneally said Labor would never give Ms Hanson any preferences and the Liberals have said the same thing. But now there's a rumour that Barry O'Farrell has a ex-member of Pauline's One Nation Party standing for a seat on the central coast. Suddenly this election gets a bit more interesting.

You have to give it to this woman who once owned a fish and chip shop, she gets full marks for perseverance - she never gives up. Her racist views cost her a jail sentence - 11 weeks behind bars. It was a terrible injustice and a lesson to all of us about what can happen if you try to swim against the tide of powerful people in politics and the media.

She was sentenced to 3 years jail and even Prime Minister John Howard said at the time he found it severe. She received six times the jail term the same judge gave a pedophile who molested an 11 year old girl in her bed. Chief Judge Patsy Wolfe sentenced the 52 year old man with a history of sexual, drug and violent offences to six months jail. He was a repeat offender and had been jailed for 1 1/2 years for attempted rape. After servicing 11 weeks in jail in 2003, she was cleared on appeal.

The State Electoral Commission confirmed that she had nominated and all she needed to be eligible to run was to be enrolled on the NSW electoral roll. In 2003 she ran for the NSW Upper House and narrowly missed out to the Shooters Party so she has reason to be hopeful.

After all she's been through, she's still coming back for more and we are about to find out once and for all how much support, if any, one of the most maligned and hated women in the country, still has out there in the community.