Federal Election 2019: One Nation’s Pauline Hanson confronts Labor’s Anne Aly about how ‘private lunch’ made headlines

Peter de KruijffThe West Australian
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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has confronted WA Labor politician Anne Aly this morning on the campaign trail about how a private lunch between the two was reported in the media three years ago.

Ms Hanson - who infamously wore a burqa, a garment worn by some Islamic women which covers their entire body, into Parliament House as part of a stunt calling for a ban on the clothing - took umbrage at comments made by Dr Aly, the first Muslim woman elected Federally, in regards to a conversation they had over a meal in 2016.

The Queensland senator said she had not brought the matter up with Dr Aly before today’s confrontation at a pre-polling booth in Wanneroo as she didn’t read the article until “sometime later” and did not see the Labor politician often.

“It was supposed to be a private lunch, it ended up in the newspapers, it wasn’t truthful and that’s what upset me,” she said.

Ms Hanson says a lunch with WA Labor’s Anne Aly three years ago was meant to remain private.
Camera IconMs Hanson says a lunch with WA Labor’s Anne Aly three years ago was meant to remain private. Credit: Paul Kane / Getty Images

“She never told me she was going to go to the media over it. I should have been contacted by the media and asked about my side of it.

“I was put in a totally different light than what I remember our discussion was and I felt I was deceived and that’s why I confronted her over it.

“I believe you have these conversations and they remain as private conversations.”

The story about the lunch was first reported in The West Australian with comments provided by Ms Hanson.

Dr Aly said she had seen Ms Hanson several times since the lunch and had civil conversations.

“Today she just snapped and said three years ago you invited me to lunch and told the media about it,” she said.

“I was like ‘that was three years ago, why didn’t you raise it with me before’, and there was nothing negative that was said so I’m not sure why she’s angry about it three years on.

“Obviously that is a bee in Pauline’s bonnet but she hasn’t ever raised it with me in the last three years despite seeing each other several times.”

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