Rubbishing Pauline Hanson: the Campaign Continues

A virus of populism, as it has come to be called, has rattled established classes across the countries of Europe, the United States, and, to a lesser extent, Australia. The latter case remains striking for the return of the reactionary Pauline Hanson to office last month in the July 2 elections. Much of this was the subject of the documentary Pauline Hanson: Please Explain!, which aired on the SBS network on July 31.

There she was, always targeted for being that whine from the provinces, a provincial red head and owner of a fish and chip shop in Ipswich, Queensland. She became the target for a class-based compendium of denigration, suggesting the extent she threatened to undermine the voting base of the major parties.