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Pauline Hanson in personal clash with Sarah Hanson-Young

Senators Pauline Hanson and Sarah Hanson-Young have clashed in a fiery and personal disagreement over the state of Australia’s rocketing welfare costs.

The nation is currently paying as much as $300,000 per minute for welfare costs, with the bill rising to a total of $157 billion in payments per year, the Herald Sun reported. 

The One Nation leader says welfare cheating is becoming ‘a way of life’ for some families who are into their ‘third and fourth generation’ of living off government handouts.

The Greens MP attacked Hanson’s credibility on the issue, saying she isn’t ‘a friend of the battler’ and instead hands out tax breaks to the rich and allows ‘big multinational companies’ into Australia.

‘You are absolute rubbish, you talk absolute b****** all the time and I’m sick of hearing this,’ Hanson replied.

Senators Pauline Hanson and Sarah Hanson-Young have clashed in a fiery and personal disagreement over the state of Australia’s rocketing welfare costs

The nation is currently paying as much as $300,000 per minute for welfare costs, with the bill rising to a total of $157 billion in payments per year

The nation is currently paying as much as $300,000 per minute for welfare costs, with the bill rising to a total of $157 billion in payments per year

Australia’s rising welfare costs now account for a third of the government’s spending, with $430 million in payments being made every day. 

In 2016, the number of Australians claiming their pension declined from 69 per cent to 65.8 per cent.

Hanson-Young attacked Hanson’s credibility over sticking up for pensioners, saying she wants to ‘cut the age pension and stick the boot into the disability pension.’

‘I don’t think you’re the friend of anyone. You say one thing on the internet and another on television,’ she said.

Hanson rejected the sentiment, saying One Nation had been calling for a $150 per fortnight increase to the pension fund and accused the Greens of buying votes.

Hanson-Young attacked Hanson's credibility over sticking up for pensioners, saying she wants to 'cut the age pension and stick the boot into the disability pension'

Hanson-Young attacked Hanson’s credibility over sticking up for pensioners, saying she wants to ‘cut the age pension and stick the boot into the disability pension’

Australia's rising welfare costs now account for a third of the government's spending, with $430 million in payments being made every day

Australia’s rising welfare costs now account for a third of the government’s spending, with $430 million in payments being made every day

'Pauline I know you voted for a lot of those tax cuts... you go out handing money to big multinational companies and the richest 20 per cent in the country,' she said of Hanson

‘Pauline I know you voted for a lot of those tax cuts… you go out handing money to big multinational companies and the richest 20 per cent in the country,’ she said of Hanson

The South Australian MP said the biggest area of concern for Australia’s $506 billion deficit is the tax-breaks handed out to big companies, many of which are foreign.

‘Pauline I know you voted for a lot of those tax cuts… you go out handing money to big multinational companies and the richest 20 per cent in the country,’ she said of Hanson.

‘That’s your record in parliament.’

Hanson accused Hanson-Young of ‘misleading the public’ and says the tax-breaks have brought in more money to Australia.

‘Because of those tax-breaks they’ve reigned in more than $4 billion in more taxes and created employment, so that’s how little you know,’ she said.

The annual welfare bill of $157 is now taking up nearly 10 per cent of Australia’s GDP, 8.6 per cent higher than a decade ago. 

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