On Saturday night, I’m recording and streaming live a special edition of The 9pm Edict podcast the likes of which you’ve never heard before. The voters of Australia are to blame. I need your help to undo some of the damage.
The results of Australia’s federal election held last Saturday are not yet clear. One of the few certainties, however, is that Queensland’s voters have propelled the red-headed figurehead of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation into the Senate.
Senator Pauline Hanson. Get used to it, Australia.
One Nation’s full policy agenda isn’t just racist and anti-Islamic. Sure, it includes banning the burqa and niquab in public, banning halal certification, and a Royal Commission into Islam, but there’s much more.
How about scrapping all international treaties? Introducing Citizens Initiated Referenda, compensation for wind turbine syndrome, and euthanasia? Re-introducing trade tariffs? The list goes on.
Hanson is assertive. Treating her as just an amusing sideshow would be a mistake. She’ll push her party’s agenda in the Senate, so we’ll need to push back.
We need to understand.
We need to take a closer look.
We need to go inside the mind or Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.
One Nation’s Policies Presented As They Should Be
This Saturday 9 July at 2000 AEST, I will start drinking Queensland’s own Bundaberg Rum and read to you, verbatim, the entire One Nation policy agenda. Every word.
This literary tour de force will be streamed live from stilgherrian.com/edict/live4/, and via Spreaker.
Reading all 27 policies will take more than two hours. To allow me to catch my breath and refill my glass, the reading will be punctuated with audio highlights of Ms Hanson’s wisdom.
Tweet along using the hashtag #9pmlive.
The recording will be posted as a podcast on Sunday.
I Need Money to Make This Happen
Fifteen generous listeners have already contributed money towards my drinks, recording time, and post-production. More is needed, however, to cover the research and pre-production time. I need to live.
If you were to add some dollars to the pot, I would be most grateful.
I’ll report progress in the comments below — the lead time is too short for Pozible — and in my Twitter stream.
[Photo: Screen grab of Pauline Hanson on Channel Nine’s Today, 3 July 2016.]