Australian politician opposed to Muslim immigrants could return to Parliament

2016-05-24 08:59
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Canberra - Experts say right-wing firebrand politician Pauline Hanson, who opposes Muslim immigration, has a realistic chance of returning to Australia's Parliament in July elections.

Hanson became one of Australia's most divisive politicians in a generation when she used her first speech to Parliament in 1996 to attack the country's non-discriminatory immigration policy.

She was dumped by voters after a single three-year term.

But experts agreed on Tuesday that the 61-year-old's chances of winning a Senate seat in her home state of Queensland are enhanced because the July 2 poll is a rare so-called "double dissolution" election, in which candidates need a smaller share of the votes to win a seat.

Griffith University political scientist Paul Williams rated Hanson's chances of winning a seat at "about 50-50."

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