The return of Queensland One Nation leader Pauline Hanson to the senate already has already irked plenty of people, from the prime minister down to the digital generation who is already in on the act, launching a GoFundMe campaign to turn the fish and chip shop she famously owned in Ipswich, west of Brisbane, into a kebab shop or “pop-up halal snack pack” store.
Muslim immigration is one of Hanson’s latest concerns, and like Tasmania’s Jacqui Lambie, she views halal certification – food prepared according to Islamic law – as unnecessary, providing succour to anti-halal groups who target Australian companies with halal foods.
That led to this memorable exchange between Hanson and Labor senator Sam Dastyari, who offered to take her for an halal snack pack, on election night:
A bit like Freelancer boss Matt Barrie’s stalled GoFundMe campaign to buy NSW premier Mike Baird a bottle of Grange in protest of the state’s lockout laws – it’s at $2900 of the $4000 target, without any donations for four months – the Hanson campaign hasn’t made people open their wallets, attracting just $130 towards the $100,000 target.
But the plan is somewhat redundant anyway, after changing hands several times since Hanson warned the nation “in danger of being swamped by Asians”, the fish and chip shop is owned by a Vietnamese couple who bought the business in 2011.
Thanh Huong Huynh and Huong Van Nguyen came to Australia as asylum seekers 23 years ago. Now they’re part of the backbone of the Australian economy, small business.
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