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Please Enjoy This Muslim Woman Shutting Down Pauline Hanson On ‘Q&A’

"I'm as much an Australian as you are, Pauline."

Pauline Hanson Q&A

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but Australian politics has been a bit of a shitstorm in recent weeks. And so maybe it’s only fitting that Monday night’s Q&A featured some of the biggest shits of them all.

For 65 excruciating minutes, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, Katter’s Australian Party leader Bob Katter, and ultra-conservative Liberal National MP George Christensen duked it out on everything from immigration policy to the Liberal leadership spill to the prospect of North Queensland breaking away and forming its own state. If you watched literally anything else, you were almost certainly better off.

Still, there was one moment that made it bearable — one moment that stopped me from unplugging my TV and throwing it off a bridge. And it involved Pauline Hanson getting absolutely dunked on by a woman in a hijab.

“You said that you were deeply offended by comparisons made between you and Fraser Anning after his maiden speech,” the woman asked Hanson, referencing Senator Anning’s now infamous maiden address in which he praised the White Australia policy and called for a “final solution” to Muslim immigration. “How will you justify this when you yourself called for an immigration ban in your maiden speech, as well as stating ‘we are in danger of being swamped by Asians’, and then again in 2016 stating ‘we are in danger of being swamped by Muslims’. When you’re both on the same page, why do you take offence?”

Hanson responded by saying that she has “always advocated you don’t have to be white to be Australian”, before claiming that “Muslims have a different ideology” and that not all Muslims were “prepared to integrate into our society”.

“I understand what you’re trying to say, [but] it’s not just Muslims,” replied the woman. “There are people across different religions who have different ideologies. There are people from different religions who are [committing] violence in different countries. Why just focus on Muslims every single time?”

“A lot of the terrorism and the problems that we have here … have been from Muslims,” insisted Hanson, incorrectly. “They have a totally different ideology, they do not appreciate the West.”

“I’m not out to offend people,” the One Nation leader continued. “I’m here to protect Australians, [so] we feel safe on our streets.”

“I’m as much an Australian as you are Pauline,” the woman shot back, sparking a round of applause from the audience. “All I ask is that people respect our laws and our culture and our way of life,” said Hanson.

“Our Sharia law says the first law is to follow the law of your country,” replied the woman. “Any Muslim in this room, or across the country, will tell you the same. We never go against the law of this country, I don’t know where you get your beliefs from.”

You can watch the full exchange below.