To keep a close watch on One Nation Party leader Pauline Hanson’s activities, Fact Check One Nation website was launched on Monday.
Through this website, Australians will be allowed to check if the leader is implementing the policies and claims associated with Islam as she promised during her election campaign. While campaigning for elections 2016, where she managed to grab a major proportion of votes,Hanson focused on several significant policies. Some of them included the establishment of a royal commission into Islam, disallowing migrants from Muslim countries from entering the nation and banning the burqa.
The “ordinary mums, dads, academics, social workers, lawyers, sales staff, educators, teachers [and] everyday Australians” constitute 11 Muslim volunteers who would look after the claims made by Hanson. The volunteers do not aim at criticizing or rejecting the leader but they want Hanson to represent One Nation party in the Senate and learn the serious loopholes in her policies.
“In a free and open democracy people are entitled to their opinions, however, politicians who occupy positions of power and responsibility must rise above divisive, inflammatory, baseless and unconstitutional rhetoric,” the website reads. “Fact Check One Nation is about moving past the political rhetoric and divisiveness.”
Sydney-based lawyer Mariam Veiszadeh, who is also a writer and a site contributor, told SBS News that the group has been formed with representatives from all possible Australian professional and social niches. The members of the volunteer group included both Muslim and non-Muslim to counter the actions and find out the misinformation and misinterpretation of claims made by Hanson.
“Effectively, we’re hoping to counter the fear with the facts,” she said. “I think One Nation’s supporter base is quite significant. Therefore, I don’t think they can be ignored or ridiculed in a way some have sought to do. Therefore, the most powerful way to tackle the misinformation and xenophobic proposals is to counter it with facts.”
Hanson was also recently in the news when Aboriginal activist Murrandoo Yanner publicly called her a “racist redneck” at an art fair. To this, the Queensland senator has responded and has asked the activist to contact her so that both of them can “work together.”