One Nation - Pauline Hanson Achievements
The 2016 federal election marked the return of One Nation to the federal parliament after One Nation leader Pauline Hanson was elected to the Australian Senate for a full six-year term.
Following our return in 2016, successfully state elections in NSW and QLD have seen our team grow and our successful 2019 federal election secured the election of One Nation Senate Malcolm Roberts in Queensland
As a result, Pauline Hanson and the One Nation team have been able to achieve much for the people of Australia.
One Nation's key achievements since the 2019 state election are as follows:
- COVID-19 Vaccination Status (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill 2021
Introduced late in 2021, Pauline Hanson’s legislation exposed the government, opposition and crossbench as complicit in the pandemic of discrimination unleashed by the states and territories with coercive COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The bill also exposed deep divisions in the government over the issue, with five Coalition senators crossing the floor. One Nation forced multiple divisions in the Senate to start an immediate parliamentary inquiry into the legislation, and tabled a petition in support of the bill which had gained more than 200,000 signatures in 22 days.
- Life-saving medicine for children with spinal muscular atrophy
A rare genetic disease that destroys the nerve cells controlling muscles, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a life-threatening condition: few babies diagnosed with the worst form of SMA live past their third birthday. After exhausting every avenue of assistance in Australia without success, a young Toowoomba family made the move to the United States to access an expensive life-saving treatment for their daughter Wynter. The pandemic derailed their plans, and Wynter was running out of time. In stepped Pauline, who leveraged her share of the balance of power in the Senate to demand the government intervene and save Wynter’s life. The government responded, enabling Wynter to receive a dose of the gene-replacement medicine Zolgensma. Wynter’s condition is now much improved, and another 17 children have since been able to access the treatment in Australia with PBS funding now in place thanks to Pauline’s efforts. One Nation is also pushing for a $25 test for SMA to be standard procedure made available for all newborns in Australia, as gene therapy is much more effective if SMA is detected early.
- Public funding for roads and projects in regional Queensland
Queensland regional road network: $500 million
Fitzroy Community Hospice: $8 million
Willowbank Raceway: $13 million
Rockhampton Stadium: $23 million
Ipswich Showgrounds: $8.9 million
Yeppoon Aquatic Centre: $13 million
Driver training in Townsville: $5 million
- Defeated legislation to ban cash
The government’s attempt to criminalise the use of cash for transactions over $10,000 failed thanks to a successful motion by One Nation in the Senate to abandon debate on the Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019. Recognising the bill was more about giving unaccountable financial institutions and government authorities greater control over people’s money rather than tackling the so-called ‘black economy’, One Nation successfully consigned the legislation to the rubbish tip.
- Blocked over-the-top ‘ensuring integrity’ law
In 2019 One Nation surprised the Coalition government by refusing to back its ‘ensuring integrity’ bill aimed at cracking down on unions. Although One Nation negotiated many amendments with the government, ultimately Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts could not support the bill as it would have given the government almost unlimited power over unions and registered organisations with little to no accountability.
- Family law inquiry and changes to family courts
Pauline was instrumental in launching a broad parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s broken family law system. The inquiry has already had results with registrars now qualified to hear certain matters in family law courts, thereby reducing waiting times and legal costs. The inquiry has also led to a government taskforce examining Pauline’s proposals to make Australia’s child support payment system fairer.
- Senate vote to oppose critical race theory in Australian schools
Pauline addressed the genuine concerns of many Australian parents with a successful motion in the Senate requiring the government to reject controversial critical race theory from the national curriculum. It was the culmination of a long and still-unresolved debate over the indoctrination of Australian children in school with a radical theory that teaches Western society is built on ‘structural racism’, and in which people are defined as ‘oppressors’ or victims depending on race or gender; One Nation’s successful motion put activists and CRT advocates on notice that Australian schools were for educating children rather than indoctrinating them.
- Scheme creates 100,000 new apprenticeships
After some intense lobbying in 2018, Pauline was successful in getting the government to implement a $60 million pilot wage subsidy program to create 1600 regional apprenticeships. Since then the concept has grown substantially with more than 100,000 new apprenticeships created across about 40,000 businesses, and with the government earlier this year investing $1.2 billion in a ‘Boosting Apprenticeships Commencement’ wage subsidy program to create another 70,000 apprenticeships and traineeships as part of its post-pandemic National Economic Recovery Program.
- Dairy industry code of conduct
Deregulation of the Australian dairy industry had left farmers at the wrong end of a very uneven playing field with processors and supermarkets, with many receiving barely enough for their milk to break even, and others forced to exit the industry. Drought struck in Queensland and New South Wales at the height of this structural crisis and with the government doing virtually nothing in response, Pauline began to advocate passionately for a fairer deal for dairy farmers. This was an important factor in the establishment of a Dairy Industry Code of Conduct, which among other things requires standard milk supply agreements, minimum prices under contract and restrictions on ‘step-downs’ to provide a more level playing field for farmers – however, Pauline says there is more work to do because the code fails farmers in terms of fair prices covering production costs, and still allows processors to reduce farmgate prices in ‘exceptional circumstances’.
HEALTH & WELFARE
PROTECTING AUSTRALIAN VALUES
NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENCE
RURAL & REGIONAL
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