Is Pauline Hanson struggling to find candidates to stand under the One Nation banner? She sent the following letter to, it appears, all local councillors across Australia. Yes, even the Greens and other left wing representatives:
As you may be aware, the High Court of Australia has ruled Councillors and Mayors no longer need to resign from their respective roles to nominate for federal elections.
As such, I invite all sitting Council representatives throughout Australia to consider lodging an expression of interest with Pauline Hanson's One Nation to nominate for your respective federal electorate.
Our party has started to transform the way Australian politics is conducted. Australia no longer has the luxury of living off the sheep's back or hoping the two established parties will ever get their act together.
I will continue to fight for those things we all hold precious: the family unit, the sovereignty of our country and our children's future. We can no longer risk losing our great country's advantage over the rest of the world. We have been sold out by wishy-washy, fence-sitting politically correct politicians who put their interests above the interests of the public.
If you (or someone you know and respect) would like to be part of a team that has already made real change to Australia then I ask you to consider putting your name forward.
Of course, some local Councillors were all to keen to poke some subtle fun at the idea of Pauline Hanson 'inviting' them to run as a candidate for her party:
...Just about what any reasonable person would say in response.
About the author:
Matt Hrkac is a writer and activist based in Geelong who regularly contributes to Green Left Weekly. He has particular interests in politics, elections and the trade union movement and has had extensive involvement in a number of local campaigns. He is a former member of the Greens.