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Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Page: 5750

Senator HANSON (Queensland) (09:51): Pauline Hanson's One Nation will be supporting this motion by the government.

Opposition senators interjecting

Senator HANSON: When the opposition has finished! We will be supporting this motion, purely for the debate—

Opposition senators interjecting

Senator HANSON: because I believe the people of Australia have a right—

The PRESIDENT: Point of order, Senator Hinch?

Senator Hinch: Point of order, Mr President. Can we have some more volume on Senator Hanson's microphone?

The PRESIDENT: Thank you. I'm sure the audio people have heard that.

Honourable senators interjecting

The PRESIDENT: Order! Could I ask senators on both sides to allow the senator to be heard?

Senator HANSON: Isn't it surprising that, when I raise something, I wish it to be open for debate so the people of Australia can hear what is going on, what is happening with dual citizenship for many members of this parliament at this time! Isn't it a shame that the opposition is not willing to be open and honest about this. I have listened many times in this parliament to the opposition wanting answers from the government. I remember the time with the Solicitor-General; it was disgraceful what was happening. I believe what has happened here is that Senator Wong has gone and used her office in a backdoor way to get information. This is based purely on the fact that it was only a few days ago that our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, asked Bill Shorten to join with the government to bring this matter to rest. This is an underhand move. They could have done it openly and honestly to prove to the people of Australia whether anyone had dual citizenship. It was the Prime Minister that offered that in the first place.

Senator Jacinta Collins interjecting

The PRESIDENT: On my left! Senator Collins!

Senator HANSON: This has been underhand, and it needs to be debated; it needs to be open. I am sick of hearing in the halls of this parliament who may have dual citizenship and who may not. The onus to prove whether they have it or not is not that of the people making the allegation. It is up to everyone on the floor of this chamber and in the other place to prove that they do not have dual citizenship. Put it to rest; the people of Australia deserve this. If you are not prepared to do this—

The PRESIDENT: Point of order, Senator Collins?

Senator Jacinta Collins: Yes, point of order, Mr President. I would like Senator Hanson to be relevant to the motion before us.

The PRESIDENT: As you know, Senator Collins, in a suspension motion, the debate is quite wideranging.

Senator Jacinta Collins: She is not even addressing the issue around—

The PRESIDENT: Order, Senator Collins! Senator Hanson, you have the call.

Senator HANSON: They're not very happy with what I have to say on this whole issue. You've got too much to hide and you're covering up a lot. There are a lot of questions to be asked about a lot of other people in this chamber. Even Senator Wong's citizenship has been questioned. Even Senator Dastyari's citizenship—through you, Chair—

The PRESIDENT: Order! Senator Dastyari, a point of order.

Senator Dastyari: I'm well aware it's an ethnic name, but can the senator please address me by my proper title.

The PRESIDENT: That is not a point of order—well, addressing you by your correct title is, but I don't think Senator Hanson misused your title. Senator Hanson, you have the call.

Senator HANSON: In all honesty, you get the loudest screams from the people who don't want an open and honest debate. So let's have this debate and expose it for what it is. Stop trying to shut it down, and let the people know exactly what is happening. If Senator Wong has not done the wrong thing, then she can have her say in full in the debate and her colleagues can speak up on her behalf, but don't scream when it's your turn to express yourselves. If it were on the other side of this chamber and the opposition were in government, they would be screaming blue murder over this as well—and I have no doubt about it. So, when you have to answer to the people of Australia—

Opposition senators interjecting

Senator Jacinta Collins interjecting

The PRESIDENT: On my left. Order! Everyone knows that the motion is in relation to a suspension of standing orders.

Senator HANSON: I'll close this. I hope it does go to debate, and I will have more to say about it then. Thank you.