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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 726

Pauline Hanson's One Nation

Ms PLIBERSEK (SydneyDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:21): My question is to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. One Nation has called for Australia to end its membership of the United Nations, and just last week Senator Pauline Hanson dismissed concerns over Vladimir Putin's role in the deaths of almost 300 people, including 38 Australians, on flight MH17. What does this say about the government's approach to foreign policy, when a member of cabinet describes a party with this approach as 'sophisticated'? Have any diplomatic posts raised concerns about Senator Hanson's influence?

Ms JULIE BISHOP (CurtinMinister for Foreign Affairs) (14:22): I thank the member for her question. I really do think it is a bit rich for Labor to be lecturing us on One Nation preferences when the member for Dobell was elected on those preferences. I also think it is a bit rich—

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Members on my left!

Mr Pyne interjecting

Mr Dutton interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the House. The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. The Minister for Foreign Affairs will resume her seat. The Leader of the House and the minister for immigration and numerous people on my left are preventing the minister from answering the question that has been asked. I will not tolerate this level of interjection any further throughout the answer. The minister has the call.

Ms JULIE BISHOP: I think it is pretty rich for the member for Sydney to seek to lecture us on preferences that are determined by the state divisions when the Labor Party unquestioningly accepts Greens preferences, does deals with the Greens and, in fact, entered into a coalition with the Greens, who has a view of one world government, who wants to tear up the US-Australia alliance and who would have to represent the most dangerous political train of thought in Australian politics. Labor unquestioningly does deals with the Greens. They are the risk to foreign policy in this country—a Labor-Greens coalition.