Having myself encountered red-haired, freckle-faced Australians officially deemed to be Aboriginal, I can understand Pauline Hanson seeking clarification on the meaning of “Aboriginal”.

“What defines an Aboriginal?” Senator Hanson told host Andrew Bolt.

“You know, there’s no definition to an Aboriginal.

“If you marry an Aboriginal, you can be classified as an Aboriginal.

“Or if the community or the elders accept you into that community, you can be defined as an Aboriginal.

“And that’s not good enough, because then if you make a comment about it, well what are you — are you an Aboriginal, or not an Aboriginal?”

To her credit, Hanson isn’t afraid to say things that many people might find offensive. But as she notes, if she people don’t appreciate what she’s saying she won’t be reelected.


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