Pauline Hanson

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Pauline Lee Hanson (née Seccombe, formerly Zagorski; born 27 May 1954) is an Australian politician.

Hanson entered politics as a member of Ipswich City Council in 1994. She joined the Liberal Party in 1995 and was preselected for the Division of Oxley at the 1996 federal election, but was disendorsed before the election. She won the election, however, becoming the first female independent to be elected to the House of Representatives. In 1997, Hanson co-founded Pauline Hanson's One Nation, a right-wing political party with a populist, conservative, and anti-multiculturalism platform. She lost her seat at the 1998 federal election.

After leaving federal parliament, Hanson contested several state and federal elections as the leader of One Nation, as the leader of Pauline Hanson's United Australia Party, and as an independent. She was expelled from One Nation in 2002. A Brisbane District Court jury found Hanson guilty of electoral fraud in 2003 though the convictions were later overturned by three judges on the Queensland Court of Appeal. As a result of the convictions, Hanson spent 11 weeks in jail prior to the appeal being heard.

Hanson rejoined One Nation in 2013, becoming leader again the following year. At the 2016 Australian federal election she was elected to the Senate, representing Queensland.


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