Premiering on Sunday, 31 July at 8.35pm, SBS will air Pauline Hanson: Please Explain!, a documentary exploring the newly elected Senator’s impact on multicultural Australia since her maiden speech in 1996.
“I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished. I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians”, Pauline Hanson said in her 1996 maiden speech to the House of Representatives.
Pauline Hanson: Please Explain!, produced for SBS by Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder and directed by Anna Broinowski (Forbidden Lies, Aim High in Creation), explores how Pauline Hanson’s speech and the decades of debate that followed has influenced Australia today; and with her election to the Senate at the recent Federal Election, she is set to be a force in Australia yet again.
“I’m still here. They haven’t got rid of me. Last person they want to see on the floor of Parliament is me”, she says in Pauline Hanson: Please explain.
The feature-length documentary examines the impact of Pauline Hanson’s political career on modern multicultural Australia, and the people who have helped her transition from a local fish shop owner, to the Member for Oxley and the creation of the One Nation party; and now a seat in the Senate.
The documentary features many of Pauline Hanson’s critics, opponents, advisors and commentators, from former Prime Minister Hon. John Howard OM AC; former advisor to Ms Hanson and Tony Abbott, David Oldfield; current media advisor and former Peter Slipper staffer, James Ashby, former and current federal MPs, including the first Indigenous female MP, Hon. Linda Burney and former NSW Liberal MP (1988-2003), Hon. Helen Sham Ho OAM; current members of the media, including Margo Kingston and Alan Jones AO; and leading Indigenous commentator, Prof. Marcia Langton AM.