‘Get over it’: Pauline Hanson takes a brutal swipe at Aboriginal protestors campaigning for a change of date for the national day
- Pauline says people who don’t like Australia Day shouldn’t take the public holiday
- Come as protests erupt across Australia over the January 26th date
- Marking arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Harbour, it is seen as ‘invasion day’
Pauline Hanson has claimed people who complain about Australia Day need to ‘get over it’ and shouldn’t take the public holiday off work.
The outspoken One Nation leader issued the blunt message on her Facebook page, while Australia Day protests erupted across the country.
Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island flags filled streets across the nation, as thousands of protesters called for the date of Australia Day to be moved because of growing tensions over what it celebrates.
January 26 – which marks the raising of the British flag on Australian soil in 1788 after the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Harbour – is regarded as ‘invasion day’ by many First Nations people.
January 26 – which marks the raising of the British flag on Australian soil in 1788 after the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Harbour – is regarded as ‘invasion day’ by many First Nations people
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson claims people protesting about Australia Day need to ‘get over it’
‘I hear so often those people who have a go at us. [They say] the land was invaded – and all the rest of it,’ Senator Hanson said.
‘You know what, get over it, move on. Stop making yourselves victims. It’s not about victimhood. Everyone has a choice in life – you actually move on with your life and get over the problems that have happened in the past – we’re talking about over 200 years ago,’ she explained.
‘You choose what you want your future to be. You’ve got that many people out there wanting to give you a hand up – a helping hand.
‘If you give a person a fish, you feed them for a day. If you teach them how to fish, you feed them for a lifetime and that’s what we need to do with the people that are called disadvantaged in this nation.
The Senator went on to say Australia Day should be a day of celebration.
‘Whether you were born here or you are holding your citizenship ceremony today and pledging your loyalty to our great nation, Australia Day is a time to celebrate everything that is great about our country,’ she said.
‘If you don’t like Australia Day, don’t take the public holiday.’
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