Wednesday 3 August 2022 06:21 PM Pauline Hanson claims Indigenous Voice to Parliament would be 'Australia's ... trends now
The One Nation leader tripled-down on Wednesday on her strident opposition to voters being asked to enshrine the advisory body into the constitution.
The speech to a largely empty chamber while most were distracted by Greens leader Adam Bandt's National Press Club address was just a week after she sensationally stormed out of the Senate during an acknowledgement of country.
'The risk is very real that the sovereignty that all Australians have over their land and country will be handed to a racial minority,' she said.
'Why does this have to be in the constitution? What is the real ulterior motive? This can only be about power - creating a nation within a nation.
'This can only be about taking power from whitefellas and giving it to blackfellas. This is Australia's version of apartheid.
Pauline Hanson has claimed the Indigenous Voice to Parliament would be 'Australia's version of apartheid' in an extraordinary speech to the Senate
'Are they prepared for the compensation or reparations which will be demanded when the High Court decides that traditional ownership means sovereign control?'
Senator Hanson, without missing a beat, moved on to another attack on the entire concept of acknowledgement of country speeches.
One is read at the start of Parliament every day, and she after her walkout complained they were now even delivered on airplanes.
'Where will you stand, given that you acknowledge traditional ownership every day? Do you acknowledge that I, like millions of Australians, legally own my land and worked very hard for it?' she said.
'Do I have rights to my land, too? Can't you acknowledge my connection to my land and my love for my country?'
Senator Hanson then attacked her most forceful critic, Greens senator Lidia Thorpe, who caused her own scene on Monday by raising her fist in a 'black power' gesture and calling The Queen a 'coloniser' as she gave her oath of allegiance.
'I note Lidia Thorpe's racist interjection in the past when she told me to go back to where I came from,' the One Nation MP continued.
'She can rest assured that I did, indeed, go back to where I came from - back to Queensland, where I was born and where I raised my children, and where my parents and grandparents were born.
'There is nowhere else for me to go. Australia is my home. Australia is our home - indigenous and non-indigenous alike.'
Lidia Thorpe strode into the Senate with her fist in the air and then mockingly called the Queen a 'coloniser'
Senator Hanson's entire five-minute speech was her most unequivocal rearguard against the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
It included strong praise for controversial Aboriginal senator Jacinta Price, who is the lone indigenous MP who opposes the advisory body.
Senator Price claimed Australia was 'saturated' with tokenistic 'virtue signalling' like acknowledgement of country, and the Indigenous Voice was not universally accepted among her people.
'I personally have had more than my fill of being symbolically recognised,' she said in her maiden speech last week.
'No, prime minister, we don't need another handout… and no, we indigenous Australians have not come to agreement on this statement.'
The Country Liberal former deputy mayor of Alice Springs even backed up Senator Hanson's walkout and position on the issue.
'I think I understand Pauline's frustrations. We don't want to see all these all these symbolic gestures. We want to see real action,' she said.
Senator Hanson stormed out as Senate President Sue Lines acknowledged the indigenous community at Parliament's opening, yelling; 'No, I won't and never will'
Apartheid was an oppressive, racist system in South Africa between 1948 and 1991.
Wide-ranging laws divided the country by race with the ruling white minority at the top and black Africans at the bottom.
Sexual relations and marriage across races was banned and black people were denied the right to vote and discriminated against in housing and employment.
Millions of black Africans were forced to live in segregated communities and forbidden to mix with other races.
The system was eventually overturned after intense international pressure.
Senator Hanson on Wednesday claimed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had 'contempt' for anyone opposing the Indigenous Voice, even First Nations elders.
'His contempt for those who rightly and justly request details of the proposed voice, such as its powers, functions and costs, has also been very clear,' she said.
'He is not promoting unity at all. The prime minister is deliberately stoking division and stoking it on racial lines.'
She said elders contacted her saying they never had a say in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, on which the new initiative is based, and did not agree with it.
Mr Albanese hit back at Senator Price's concerns on Monday and maintained the Indigenous Voice would not delay practical solutions.
'I think with respect, when Senator Price has a look at what is proposed in terms of the wording, then the idea that this is anything other than a unifying moment for the nation is, I believe just doesn't stack up,' he said on Sky News.
Senator Hanson appeared to have based her speech around this comment, as she referred to its language and criticism of Senator Price.
'This comment has come from an Aboriginal woman. The prime minister has dismissed her comments saying, "they don't stack up",' she said.
'No. His comments do not stack up. That's because the prime minister is listening only to the Aboriginal industry, whose gravy train relies on separating Australians by race and entrenching indigenous disadvantage.
'I've been saying this for decades.'
Anthony Albanese said the Voice to Parliament would be an opportunity to 'uplift our nation'
Senator Hanson said nothing in the proposed Voice addressed practical issues like violence and poverty in Aboriginal communities, or any real detail about how it would operate.
'There is much in this proposal