Pauline Hanson has told a prominent LGBTQI radio station that Australia’s same-sex couples should go abroad if they want to get married, but in an apparent contradiction says she will support a ‘yes’ in the plebiscite.
Ms Hanson’s instructions mean that LGBTQI Australians have joined people from Asia and of the Muslim faith as being on her notorious ‘get-out-of-the-country list’.
However, the One Nation senator also told Melbourne’s JOY FM that she would vote to uphold whatever result a marriage equality plebiscite of the Australian people returned, even though she didn’t personally support gay unions.
“I don’t care what other countries around the world are doing,” Ms Hanson said.
“I don’t care what’s happening around the world. If you feel so strongly about it, well then I’m sure you can move to that country and then you can have the marriage.”
During the interview she discussed the impending same-sex marriage plebiscite, which is slated for February 11, 2017, unless the Labor Party and crossbenchers block the national vote.
Ms Hanson described those pushing for same-sex marriage as trying to “take something away from the majority of society that we’ve grown up with”.
“I’ve come from a time when there was no discussion about gay marriage, or gay and lesbians living together, or whatever,” she said. “That’s my background, and that’s what I’ve grown up with.”
But if the people of Australia wanted it, she would back it, she said.
“I would support that because people have had their say. I’d give it my total support because I’m there as the people’s representative. I believe we’ve got to start listening to the majority and not the minority.”
Ms Hanson suggested the plebiscite be held in conjunction with the next federal election in around three years’ time.
She also rubbished fears that the proposed plebiscite would produce an outpouring of hate directed at gays and lesbians as overblown.
“I think you are actually blowing that out of proportion to make that an excuse why you shouldn’t have a plebiscite,” she said, adding she believed it would be a balanced debate.
JOY FM was evacuated last week after receiving bomb threats by email.
At the time, JOY FM CEO Tensile Moisel told 3AW that the station regularly received abuse, but that the severity of it had recently heightened.
“What we are seeing at the moment, not just at JOY, but through the LGBTI community, is people feeling more comfortable that they are justified feeling a sense of hatred,” she said.
Senator Hanson said everyone had the right to peace and harmony.
“But the gays and lesbians are now wanting to change my way of thinking, who I am,” she said.
“You want to take something away from the majority of society that we’ve grown up with. Why do you want to take the word marriage?”
Last week, Attorney-General George Brandis indicated that the Coalition was willing to hold negotiations on the plebiscite with Labor.
Labor has opposed the plebiscite by arguing it would create harmful debate in the community. Labor prefers a vote in the parliament on marriage equality.
– with AAP