Won’t somebody please think of the children

Someone should put Pauline Hanson back in jail.

Pauline Hanson has clashed with 2Day FM hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O over the issue of gay marriage in her first interview since announcing her return to politics.

The former One Nation leader, who plans to stand in this year’s federal election, invoked the Diggers in her argument against same-sex marriage and urged listeners to “think of the children”.

She also warned that “someone [will] pay the price” if gay marriage becomes legal.

“The fact is I don’t agree with gay marriages, or gays adopting children or [having] in vitro fertilisation,” she told the hosts, adding that she has “a lot” of gay friends who support her stance.

When Jackie O criticised her views as “old-fashioned”, Ms Hanson replied: “It’s wonderful that people have opinions and views on these things but the hard fact is, at the end of the day, someone’s got to pay the price for all this. People have to understand what happened in the past to discover this land; the Diggers that fought for us.”

Sandilands then asked her, “Didn’t they fight for us to be free – so that we can all have gay sex?”

“It’s not for me, Kyle,” Ms Hanson replied.

“It’s not for me either,” Sandilands said, “[but it’s] treating people like second class citizens; if they want to get married, let them get married.”

When Ms Hanson warned that gay marriage could result in homosexual couples having the “right to adopt children”, it led to the following exchange:

Jackie O: “But they should be able to have children, Pauline.”

Ms Hanson: “But then you look at the child. Have they been asked? You have a man, and then you have a woman that’s what it’s all about. You think of the children as well.”

Jackie O: “Your old fashioned views … your generation won’t be around in 20 to 30 years’ time …”

Ms Hanson: “And I’ll be quite happy about that too because I don’t like the way the world is going.”

Fuck knows why anyone even bothers with that tired old bigot. Perhaps she should just shuffle off since the world doesn’t suit her anymore.

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