Australian far-right politician Pauline Hanson has been quite the know-it-all recently.
Last week, she claimed the Great Barrier Reef is fine, then on Monday night, she decided that “there’s no definition to an Aboriginal” and a person could be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander by marrying one.
It’s part of her rhetoric around lobbying to repeal the country’s Racial Discrimination Act, 18C, which makes it illegal to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” someone due to their race or ethnicity.
But with grace, a touch of sass and a large serving of reality, Indigenous Australians have responded with a hashtag: #DefineAboriginal. Read more…
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Oh, the i.r.o.n.y.
Right-wing Australian politician and climate change waffler Pauline Hanson visited the Great Barrier Reef Friday and declared everything looked fine to her.
In early 2016, sections of the immense 2,300-kilometre (1,430-mile) reef suffered through a global coral bleaching event that especially impacted its northern reaches. Scientists found that unusually warm water temperatures spurred by El Niño and climate change had a devastating effect. But what’s expertise in the face of blind ignorance?
The leader of the One Nation Party took a dip near Queensland’s Great Keppel Island, the ABC reported, more than 1,000 kilometres from the epicentre of the reef’s coral bleaching event at Lizard Island. Read more…
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