- DEMI LYNCH -
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has yet again been given a platform to voice her controversial thoughts on a topic she has zero expertise in.
Pauline Hanson was brought onto The Today Show to talk about the public housing towers in Victoria.
For those unaware of the situation, thousands of public housing residents in Flemington and Kensington have been forced into mandatory lockdown.
Tenants living in the public housing towers cannot leave their homes even for essential purposes.
The 3,000 residents will be in 'hard lockdown' for a minimum of five days, possibly even two weeks.
Ms Hanson believes a lot of the residents "are drug addicts."
She said, “The fact is a lot of them are drug addicts as well, they are getting their medication, they are alcoholics so they’re being looked after in that way."
The One Nation leader also questioned why residents were even being paid extra money for simply staying at home.
As announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews tenants that are employed and cannot go to work will receive a $1,500 hardship payment.
And those that are not employed will also receive a $750 hardship payment.
“They are actually getting paid extra money, why are they getting paid extra money?" Ms Hanson said on the morning breakfast show.
"For what? They are not leaving the premises.”
The controversial comments didn't stop there.
Pauline Hanson then went on to say refugees who fled war-torn countries should be able to deal with being locked up.
"You know, these people, I saw them taking a truck load of food to them, all the rest of it, if they are from war torn countries, which some of these people are, they know what it is like to be in tough conditions,' she said.
Ms Hanson also rejected the idea that authorities need to prioritise in communicating to residents in their native languages rather than English.
"Why should we? Why should we put everything out in someone else's language when you come to Australia," she said.
"We should not be putting out literature in their own language."
"Learn to speak English when you come here to this country."
"That's a big problem that we have in Australia."
"A lot of these people are from non-English speaking back grounds, probably English is their second language who haven't adhered to the rules of social distancing."
In less than four hours Pauline Hanson's full interview brought in over 85,000 views on The Today Show Twitter page, and 92,000 views on their Facebook page.
This isn't the first time Ms Hanson has been brought onto a breakfast show to bring in ratings with her controversial opinions.
Earlier this year,The Today Show brought on the One Nation leader to talk about Scott Morrison and the bushfires.
On national television she denied climate change had any effect on the bushfire crisis.
There were no statements made after the interview by the show's hosts that the remarks made by their guest was factually incorrect.
In July 2019, The Today Show featured Ms Hanson and two other white commentators to discuss Uluru and why the Indigenous landmark will no longer allow climbers.
In March 2019, Ms Hanson was brought onto Sunrise and given a platform to voice her Islamophobic opinions.
In 2017, she was brought onto Sunrise to talk about burqas and why they should be banned in Australia.
That year she was also brought onto the show several times to discuss the same-sex marriage postal survey.
And every time she came on she we allowed to make homophobic comments to a nationwide audience.
Pauline Hanson has already been given a platform in Parliament to voice her controversial thoughts on Muslims, the Black Lives Matter movement and people on the Autism Spectrum.
So why does breakfast television keep bringing her onto the show?
Why is she still allowed to voice dangerous opinions to thousands of people on national television?