One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has gone from offering sympathies to the people of London after a deadly terror attack to slamming the city’s mayor and pushing her bid to ban Muslim immigration.
Four people, including a policeman, died in the lone-wolf attack near London’s Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.
London mayor Sadiq Khan paid tribute to PC Keith Palmer who he said ‘was killed doing his duty – protecting our city and the heart of our democracy from those who want to destroy our way of life’.
But Senator Hanson focused on Mr Khan’s comment in the Independent newspaper last September that terror attacks were ‘part and parcel of living in a big city’.
‘It’s amazing that the Muslim mayor over there has come out and said terrorists attacks are part and parcel of a big city,’ she said in a video posted to social media on Thursday.
‘Well, no, they’re not, they don’t have to be, they never have been in the past, and that’s something I never want to hear or see here in Australia from any mayor in any city.’
Senator Hanson said sending sympathies under the PrayForLondon hashtag was futile and offered up her own hashtag to solve the problem – Pray4MuslimBan.
‘That is how you solve the problem. Put a ban on it and then let’s deal with the issues here,’ she said.
‘I’m grateful for the ASIO and the police and what they’re trying to do, but they can’t keep an eye on everyone.’
Senator Hanson said she hoped other members of parliament would back a ban on Muslim immigration to ‘make sure that we do not have this religion, which is really an ideology that is going to eventually cause so much havoc on our streets, not only for ourselves but for future generations’.
However Labor Senator Penny Wong slammed the proposal as ‘hurtful’.
‘Our best allies in confronting, containing and managing the risk of home-grown radicalisation is the Muslim community themselves,’ she told Sky News.
‘Having people like Senator Hanson telling Australian Muslims, the vast majority of whom are peace-loving Australians, that somehow they are all dangerous I think is most unhelpful as well as being most hurtful.’
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