Controversial One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson’s been dumped from regularly contributing to Channel Nine’s Today Show, after ‘ill informed and divisive’ comments on air this morning.
Hanson was part of a debate about the social housing towers being put into lock down in Melbourne over the weekend, as the city battles to get a hold on recent coronavirus outbreaks.
There are concerns that some of the 3,000 residents not able to leave their homes haven’t been able to eat for days.
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Pauline Hanson argued the concern with Today Show host Allison Langdon.
“We’ve seen food being delivered there. The fact is a lot of them are drug addicts, they’re getting the medication, they’re alcoholics so they’re being look after that way,” Ms Hanson said.
“A lot of these people are from non-English speaking backgrounds, probably English is their second language, who haven’t adhered to the rules of social distancing.”
“So the fact is you’ve got to look at why they are in that situation, why has the government gone to this high-rise building and shut it down? Possibly because a lot of these people weren’t doing the right thing.”
“If they are from war-torn countries, which some of these people are, they know what it is like to be in tough conditions,” she added.
Channel Nine has since issued the following statement from their Director of News and Current Affairs, Darren Wick.
“The Today Show has advised Pauline Hanson that she will no longer be appearing on our programme as a regular contributor.
“We don’t shy away from diverse opinions and robust debate on the Today Show. But this morning’s accusations from Pauline Hanson were ill-informed and divisive.
“At a time of uncertainty in this national and global health crisis, Australians have to be united and supportive of one another. We need to get through this together,” the statement reads.