Pauline's not a racist says leader
AN IPSWICH Islamic leader has dismissed Pauline Hanson’s anti-Muslim comments as a blatant publicity stunt to sell her Coleyville home.
Islamic Society of Ipswich vice president Jemele Deen said Ms Hanson was desperate to cash in and sell the $2.15 million property.
“Pauline Hanson isn’t a racist, she just wants to sell her house,” Mr Deen said from the group’s Waterworks Road mosque.
“Obviously she can’t sell the house and needs to get it in the news again.”
Mr Deen’s comments came after the former One Nation leader revealed she would not sell the home to a Muslim.
“I don’t believe that they are compatible with our way of life, our culture,” Ms Hanson told Channel Seven’s Sunrise.
“And I think we are going to have problems with them in this country further down the track, so I have no intention of selling my home to a Muslim.”
A philosophical Mr Deen said he hoped Ms Hanson benefited from the publicity.
“We could see straight through her comments and to be honest it didn’t bother us at all,” he said.
“She’s pretty smart; she’s got her house in the media again.
“But good luck to her, I hope she sells her house.”
Exclusive listing agent and LJ Hooker Yamanto principal Keith Edwards distanced himself from Ms Hanson’s comments, but said interest in the property was at an all-time high.
“Mate it hasn’t stopped. I’ve had TV and radio interviews all day. Everyone wants to talk about the house,” he said.
“I’ve been telling everyone very simply ‘don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger’.”
Mr Edwards said he had fielded inquiries from people from all walks of life.
“I’ve received an offer of $3 million from a bloke claiming to be a Muslim and if he’s serious I’ll pass it on,” he said.
“I’ve got people flying up from Sydney to inspect the property and I’ve got a Chinese couple who have asked me if they can buy it.
“Maybe Pauline is smarter than anyone is giving her credit for. If it’s a publicity stunt it’s working pretty well, but it’s certainly not being perpetrated by me.”
Acting Queensland Anti- Discrimination commissioner Neroli Holmes said Ms Hanson risked breaking discrimination laws if she refused to sell the 60-hectare property to a Muslim.
“The Act states a person must not discriminate against another person by failing to sell them land or by placing terms on which it is offered for sale,” she said.
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Ikebal Patel said Ms Hanson’s comments showed she was out of touch.
“If she feels she can still discriminate against the greater population of the world, then that’s one person we don’t need to live in this country,” Mr Patel said.
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