Editorial: the Pauline Hanson one person party

Nile, Richard (1997) Editorial: the Pauline Hanson one person party. Journal of Australian Studies, 21 (52). pp. 1-9.

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[Extract] Pauline Hanson posed for photographs in early 1997 with the Australian flag carefully draped over her frame. She was dressed in a setting which might signify an antipodean Boadicea, a warrior queen of the white tribes of the antipodes. As a defender of the faith, .she could be imaged as the deliverer of goodness, the saviour, who would pull Australia back from the brink of national catastrophe and racial suicide. Her battle would involve a campaign against false values and external threats. In assembling the scene her minders were playing on the virtues of an authentic national heroine. The enveloping flag serves to legitimate and personalise her cause, reinforced by the title of her political manifesto, Pauline Hanson: the Truth (1997). Hanson is also depicted as the quintessential little Aussie battler: Pauline, a derivative of the latin paulus meaning the 'little one'. She can be constructed in messianic terms but she is also very ordinary: a fish and chip lady from Ipswich. Politicians are by nature fishers of voters. Pauline Hanson could give this nation a really big serve.

Item ID: 53839
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1835-6419
Keywords: Pauline Hanson, Aussie battler, Australian politicians, national imagery, cultural identities,
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 03:10
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 70%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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