Pauline's back

Pauline Hanson greets local supporter Dorothy Briggs yesterday.
Pauline Hanson greets local supporter Dorothy Briggs yesterday. TREVOR VEALE

IF you thought Pauline Hanson had lost any of her passion for politics and controversial views on immigration then think again.

The former One Nation leader was greeted by loyal supporters in Coffs Harbour yesterday.

Promoting her campaign to win an Upper House seat in this weekend’s NSW State Election, Ms Hanson fired a shot back at Premier Kristina Keneally, who has labelled her policies as “racist”.

Asked if she thought her Queensland origins would be an issue for voters at the polls, Ms Hanson answered: “The Premier of New South Wales comes from the United States.

“I drove here I didn’t come by boat. No, I don’t think that’s an issue,” she said.

Now based at Port Stephens, Ms Hanson said her genuine concern for the state of affairs in NSW had prompted her political comeback.

“I’m letting people know I’m the best person for the job,” she said.

She identified a lack of hospital beds, homelessness, crime and the need for greater student support, protection of farmers’ livelihoods and police numbers as the big issues.

“If Barry O’Farrell wins government, I want to be the voice who’s there without fear nor favour, not toeing the party line,” she said.

Ms Hanson denied Labor ministers’ claims that she was in it for the money. “I am funding this campaign entirely by myself, I’ll only get back my expenses.”

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