'Racist' Pauline Hanson says Aboriginal people are disadvantaged by 'their own ...

'You can't blame the whites': Pauline Hanson is branded a 'racist' after claiming Aboriginal people are disadvantaged because of 'their own negligence' Pauline Hanson has called the Closing the Gap initiative 'complete rubbish' She blamed indigenous Australians 'own negligence' for poor school attendance  'If you want to close the gap start taking responsibility for your own people'  Hanson's comments were slammed by Labor and Green senators as 'racist'

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 14:58 GMT, 12 February 2020 | Updated: 19:53 GMT, 12 February 2020

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Pauline Hanson has blamed shocking outcomes for indigenous Australians on Aboriginal people not taking responsibility for themselves.

Labor and Greens senators slammed her for racism after the One Nation leader branded Closing the Gap 'complete rubbish' and a 'joke'.

'The biggest problem facing Australian and Aboriginal Australians today is their own lack of commitment and responsibility to helping themselves,' Senator Hanson told parliament on Wednesday.

She attacked indigenous mums and dads for being behind poor school attendances, noting one school with 400 children enrolled often had a 50 per cent attendance rate.

Pauline Hanson has been slammed as 'racist' after claiming Aboriginal Australians are disadvantaged by their 'own negligence'

Pauline Hanson has been slammed as 'racist' after claiming Aboriginal Australians are disadvantaged by their 'own negligence'

'Whose fault is that? Lazy parents. You can't blame the whites when it's your own negligence,' Senator Hanson said.

Labor frontbencher Jenny McAllister said Senator Hanson's speech was not OK.

'Her racist comments - and they

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