ONE Nation leader Pauline Hanson has endorsed a surprising call from her Senator Malcolm Roberts to withdraw from the United Nations.
Making his first speech in parliament on Tuesday, newly elected WA Senator Mr Roberts argued Australia needed an “OzExit” from the “insidious and unelected swill” of the UN. The call for Australia to follow Britain’s exit from the European Union was part of a wideranging speech that took in climate change and banking conspiracies, as well as plenty of praise for his leader. Mr Roberts said the UN was destroying Australia’s sovereignty through deals such as “Agenda 21”, a non-binding agreement that surrounded sustainable development. “Australian values and way of life are also at risk from insidious institutions such as the unelected swill that is the United Nations,” he said. “Australia must leave the UN. We need an OzExit.” At one stage during the speech, when the camera cut to Ms Hanson, the party leader and newly elected senator appeared to shake her head and roll her eyes as Mr Roberts heaped praise on her.
But Ms Hanson has taken to Facebook to protest against reports she was rolling her eyes. “I just wanted to say thank you to Malcolm Roberts for his praise during his maiden speech today,” she said. “Contrary to the ABC and some other narrow minded media outlets, I wasn’t rolling my eyes out of disrespect to Malcolm’s kind words, I was simply embarrassed.
“After 20 years of having most people in the public eye slander and take pot shots, I guess I don’t take compliments too well.”
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