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Tracey Curro, ex-60 Minutes star who got Pauline Hanson to say please explain, charged with assault

Ex-60 Minutes reporter whose question caused Pauline Hanson to first utter her famous ‘please explain’ catchphrase during an interview is charged with assault

  • Former television journalist Tracey Curro charged with assault in Queensland
  • Ms Curro is best known for inspiring Pauline Hanson’s ‘Please Explain’ response
  • The former 60 Minutes reporter understood to have had a family dispute 

The popular television journalist who stunned Pauline Hanson into uttering her signature catchphrase has been charged with assault.

Tracey Curro, 59, was involved in an incident in North Queensland on August 19 which led to her being charged with common assault.

Curro prompted Hanson to shoot back with her immortal ‘Please explain’ phrase after asking the then rookie MP if she was ‘xenophobic’ during a 60 Minutes interview in 1996.

The popular television journalist who stunned Pauline Hanson into uttering her signature catchphrase has been charged with assault

Curro prompted Hanson to shoot back with her immortal 'Please explain' phrase after asking the then rookie MP if she was 'xenophobic' during a 60 Minutes interview

Curro prompted Hanson to shoot back with her immortal ‘Please explain’ phrase after asking the then rookie MP if she was ‘xenophobic’ during a 60 Minutes interview 

Hanson’s response was met by Curro with a raised eyebrow, then mocked by viewers.

But it became such a cult soundbite that the One Nation leader eventually made it her trademark saying.

The former journalist allegedly assaulted another person in Ingham who was believed to be a family member, the Courier Mail reported.

The complainant is believed to be from Townsville. 

Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto confirmed Curro was involved in a ‘family dispute’. He added that he was ‘trying to assist’ in the matter.

Curro began her journalism career as a newsreader and presenter for Channel Ten in 1988, before working for Nine as a reporter, then moving to the ABC in 2005.

Hanson's 'Please Explain' response was met by Curro with a raised eyebrow, then mocked by viewers. But it became a cult soundbite

Hanson’s ‘Please Explain’ response was met by Curro with a raised eyebrow, then mocked by viewers. But it became a cult soundbite

Curro was a popular presenter and reporter for channels Nine and Ten

Curro was a popular presenter and reporter for channels Nine and Ten

She returned to Ten as an occasional presenter on The Project in 2011. 

Since then worked for Sustainability Victoria, executive recruiter SHK, then for Ambulance Victoria.

She was also a board member for Ovarian Cancer Australia and remains one for Victoria’s wartime Shrine of Remembrance. 

Her LinkedIn profile, which lists her as living in Melbourne, says she is currently on a ‘career break’.

Curro declined to comment on the alleged assault but is set to face court in Queensland over the matter. 

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