Federal Election 2016: Pauline Hanson not backing down on call for royal commission into Islam
Pauline Hanson is not backing down on her call for a royal commission into Islam and a ban on new mosques, however it will not be her first priority once in Canberra.
Ms Hanson has resurrected her political career and is expected to secure a Senate spot for Queensland, and believes her One Nation party could pick up others in NSW and Western Australia.
The senator-elect told reporters in Brisbane her first priority was a royal commission into the banking sector and "cleaning up" the family law court.
She said she was "not sold" on climate change, would prefer a "referendum rather than a plebiscite" on gay marriage, and was "very, very" against the sale of Kidman station, and foreign ownership generally.
Ms Hanson also wants zero net immigration, so the number of people coming to Australia equals the number leaving, and a royal commission into Islam.
"You have our values, culture and way of life, you don't have a full burka," she said.
"You don't keep putting up mosques. You cannot deny the fact that in these mosques they have been known to preach hate towards us.
"I'm not preaching hate, I'm trying to have a debate and a royal inquiry into it.
"You're having a go at me, because I stand up for my culture, my country, and way of life."
It has been two decades since she served as an independent in the Lower House, and her agenda appears just as controversial, so much so that she is concerned for her safety.
"Yes, I am always, of course, but sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe," she said.
"That's why I think maybe some of the other members of parliament have not taken a stance against this."
'Swamped by Asians'
After making headlines during her 1996 maiden speech to parliament, Ms Hanson again raised fears over immigration levels.
"You go and ask a lot of people in Sydney, at Hurstville, or some of the other suburbs, they feel they have been swamped by Asians," she said.
"A lot of Australians feel that Asians are buying up prime agricultural land, housing, you ask the people in Melbourne how they feel about it as well."
"As far as work, increased immigration is not the answer to creating jobs in Australia.
"The 457 visa-holders, we need to address that, the numbers that are coming into Australia."
No call from Turnbull, Shorten, but 'happy to work together'
Ms Hanson told journalists they were taking her views on Islam out of context and "everyone must be treated equally" in Australia.
"You can't deport the Muslims that are here and, look, I've spoken to Muslims, I think I've got a couple of Muslims who are members of my party," she said.
Whichever party forms government will have to embark on Senate negotiations with Ms Hanson.
Ms Hanson said Attorney-General George Brandis had reached out to her on behalf of the Liberal National Party (LNP), but she was yet to get a call from Malcolm Turnbull or Bill Shorten for support in what could be a hung parliament.
"To tell you the truth, I don't particularly like either of them," she said.
"If either of them are going to be prime minister I am quite happy to work with them.
"The people are fed up with seeing a dysfunctional parliament and the antics that go on are not what the people want or need.
"I think this time around, because I'm not politically naive, I'm older and I think I'm wiser with this and I haven't got the people around me who are out for their own self-interest or gains."
Amid the electorate success federally, Ms Hanson is setting sights on the next Queensland election.
"I will be targeting the next Queensland state election and I'm hoping to be able to stand a candidate in every seat in the next state election," she said.
In Queensland, One Nation got 9.16 per cent of the vote for the Senate on first preferences.
That is compared to 33.68 per cent for the LNP, 27.22 per cent for Labor, 7.57 per cent for the Greens and 2.58 per cent for the Liberal Democrats.
Source: ABC News