AustraliaWhere’s Pauline? Mystery as One Nation leader Hanson is nowhere to be seen on election day
Pauline Hanson's bizarre prison pen pal: One Nation leader exchanged letters with a girl, 12, while she was behind bars - and taught her that 'criticism is not racism'
Pauline Hanson has had an emotional meeting with one of her prison pen pals - a 12-year-old girl who the outspoken politician taught 'criticism is not racism'. The One Nation leader was locked up for eleven weeks in 2003 over now discredited fraud allegations. During her time in the Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre, the far-right politician was flooded with up to 4000 letters from the public, which she has held onto since. One handwritten note was from 12-year-old Georgie who struggled to fathom how Ms Hanson ended up in custody.
Pauline Hanson has pulled a bold move by dodging media during election day.
While other politicians made high-profile appearances at polling booths across the country on Saturday, the One Nation leader was nowhere to be seen.
The controversial Senator's surprising choice to shy away from the spotlight has voters scratching their heads.
However, Hanson did take to social media to thank her volunteers and candidates ahead of the votes being counted.
Candidates gone before May 18 election day
The major parties have all lost candidates before election day, with past social media posts and citizenship doubts snuffing out possible careers in Canberra.
'Firstly thank you to every one of our volunteers today who are helping me and my candidates across the country,' she shared on Facebook.
'Thank you to everyone who have already shown their support this election and those who plan to vote for One Nation today.
'This is no practice run. It’s likely Bill Shorten will be Prime Minister after tonight.
Pauline kicks an own goal: One Nation leader calls far-right senator Fraser Anning a 'racist' - and says he is trying to be 'another Pauline Hanson'
Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson labelled Senator Anning as 'extreme' and he would not be re-elected in the upcoming election.
'If you want that added insurance to ensure Labor doesn’t bring in crippling laws that hurt farmers, miners, pensioners and the Australian economy, you need insurance in the Senate.
'You can vote for me and my team in any state of Australia.'
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The choice to avoid public appearances on the day of the big vote comes as support for One Nation plunges in the polls.
The right-wing party has been embroiled in scandals this election, which saw Hanson break down in tears while being grilled on A Current Affair about her party’s involvement with America’s gun lobby the NRA.
A day after the footage aired, Hanson took a few days out of the public eye due to a tick bite that left her with a swollen face.
The party's Senate candidate Steve Dickson also resigned in the lead up to the election after he was caught on camera groping strippers and making derogatory comments about women.
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