One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has renewed her calls to stop Muslims immigrating to Australia.
Adapting London’s social media slogan “Run, Hide, Tell”, which was used to make sure people remained safe during Saturday’s terror attack, Hanson enlisted it as part of an anti-immigration campaign.
“Stop Islamic immigration before it is too late,” she tweeted following the attack, in which left 7 dead and dozens injured.
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Her tweet followed comments from British prime minister Theresa May against “Islamist extremism” and the internet services companies who offer it “the safe space it needs to breed.”
“We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning,” she said.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten lashed out at senator Hanson in response to her tweet saying it was “disgusting” that she was trying to rally debate about immigration just hours after the attack.
“I just say to Pauline and everyone else – hold your horses. You’re in politics. Whatever point you want to make, make you may get an opportunity, but today it’s crass, idiotic and disgusting,” he said.
Hanson retaliated, with “The people of Britain have been let down by their leaders. It’s so frustrating to see fools like Bill Shorten making the same mistakes.”
The people of Britain have been let down by their leaders. It's so frustrating to see fools like Bill Shorten making the same mistakes. -PH
— Pauline Hanson (@PaulineHansonOz) June 4, 2017
Counter-terrorism expert Greg Barton told Sky News that Hanson’s actions put people at risk.
“Pauline Hanson and others of that ilk undermine our security,” he said.
Meanwhile former prime minister Tony Abbott says military soldiers with “shoot to kill” powers should lead counter-terrorism operations in Australia.
He told The Australian today, “In the case of multiple or complex terrorist incidents, as soon as that is established, the military should become the lead agency in terms of the operations.”
Liberal senator David Fawcett and Liberal MP and chairman of the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security Andrew Hastie have both supported reforming the legal process around the deployment of the military in terrorism situations.
The military involvement is under review following the Lindt cafe siege.
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