Senator Pauline Hanson rolled up to question time in the Senate today in a burqa. This stunt was supposedly in aid of a ban proposed by One Nation on burqas in government buildings1. While everybody occasionally does stupid things, Pauline Hanson seems to revel in it. It seems to be her main hobby, mostly in cahoots with the other two stooges, Senators Brian Burston and Malcolm Roberts2.
Pauline Hanson seems intent on alienating the Muslim community in Australia and as they are one of the best allies we have in preventing terrorism in this country, alienating them is probably one of the simplest ways, as they say, to give aid and comfort to islamists. This has been said time and again by the Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Duncan Lewis3, as well as his predecessor David Irvine. However the drongoes on the far right seem unable to consider the possibility that their belief is inferior to Duncan Lewis’ knowledge.
When lambasting Hanson for her idiotic stunt, Attorney General George Brandis fumed: “to ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments, is an appalling thing to do and I would ask you to reflect on what you have done”. It is not like Brandis is just expressing an opinion here. He is regularly briefed by ASIO as he is the responsible minister1 (at least until ASIO is sucked into Dutton’s superministry), so he understands the relatively fine detail of the threat we face and probably how it is being combatted. The stooges of One Nation simply think it is brown people; that is the limit of their understanding.
While most people know that One Nation is not the brains trust they think they are (the Dunning-Kruger Effect in action), seeing Hanson in a burqa made her look more intelligent that usual.