One Nation's Pauline Hanson slams 'pay the rent' to Aboriginal people proposal trends now
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has blasted a movement calling for Australians to pay a weekly rent to Indigenous groups based on their ancestral claims to the land.
She branded the movement - backed by First Nations senator Lidia Thorpe - as an 'outrageous' money grab based on greed and 'racist identity victim politics'.
In a blistering attack in Parliament, senator Hanson savaged the 'Pay The Rent' movement supported by senator Thorpe and feminist writer Clementine Ford.
'The idea that Australians should pay rent for living in their own country is offensive,' she said in a speech to the Senate on Monday.
'It's based on the idea that only Aborigines own Australia. They don't. Australia belongs to all Australians.'
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has blasted proposals for Australians to pay a weekly rent to Indigenous groups based on their ancestral claims to the land
Senator branded the plan - backed by First Nations senator Lidia Thorpe (pictured) - as an 'outrageous' money grab based on greed and 'racist identity victim politics'
She insisted that anyone born in Australia has equal claim to the ownership of the country, regardless of any Indigenous heritage.
'We have all contributed to this country and we all share in its achievements, failures, resources, disasters, virtues, values and shortcomings,' she said.
'The only good thing about the race-based rent idea is that the activists who want it reveal their true motivation.
It’s not about ‘justice’ or ‘redress’. It’s just about money – other people’s money. It’s just about their greed.
'If this mob succeed in their bid for a race-based Voice to Parliament, it’s only a matter of time before this idea is on the political agenda.
'It’s only a matter of time before non-aboriginal Australians are forced to pay yet more tax – a race-based rent tax.'
She claimed that system would be abused and the money diverted away from those most in need.
'As usual, the Aboriginal industry will keep all the money and truly disadvantaged Aborigines in remote communities will continue to suffer poverty, unemployment and crime,' she said.
'One Nation calls on all sensible Australians to reject this discrimination.
'We urge the government to audit the Aboriginal industry, and to finally act to fix the real problems in Aboriginal communities.'
The 'Pay the Rent' model movement allows homeowners to pay a percentage of their income to a body led by Aboriginal elders without any government oversight.