On September 15, 2012, a protest in Sydney by Salafi Muslims against an ‘anti-Islam’ film ended in violent confrontations with police.
One Nation has built on the racism of its original anti-Asian platform by linking Australia's secular society to its Christian origins and presenting Islam as incompatible with this way of life.
As the curtain falls on the year, one of the most powerful players in the new parliament looks back on his successes.
Pauline Hanson was furious last week after Rod Culleton broke ranks with One Nation over the backpacker tax.
Pauline Hanson has unleashed a new attack on her rebel senator Rod Culleton, declaring that things had 'gone to his head'.
Pauline Hanson put forward the compromise backpacker tax rate of 15%.
The government has made another retreat on its backpacker tax, dropping its proposed rate from 19% to 15% in a deal that will get through the Senate crossbench.
Tensions between Pauline Hanson and her beleaguered One Nation senator Rod Culleton have been on open display this week, raising the question of whether the party will be able to hold it all together.
Pauline Hanson’s immediate issue with the free-wheeling Rod Culleton was his writing to a Queensland magistrate seeking to have a court case adjourned.
When micro parties that include politicians we might charitably call "characters" suddenly get clout, things are likely to go badly.
Senator Rod Culleton has said he will now vote on legislation in the upper house.
Pauline Hanson has backed the referral of her Western Australian senator Rod Culleton to the High Court to determine his eligibility to sit in parliament, declaring it a matter of integrity.
Malcolm Turnbull sounded shrill when, with Peter Dutton, he announced new legislation on Sunday.
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The only way the Turnbull government’s announcement of its latest move against boat people makes sense is if it is the belt-and-braces part of a wider plan to resettle refugees from Nauru and Manus Island…
Those who are most likely to be interested in protectionism and curbing immigration are not necessarily the ones who are most vulnerable economically.
How can we explain that wealth is associated with protectionism and support for populist leaders?
Pauline Hanson claimed poll results showing high levels of opposition to Muslim immigration were understated.
Survey findings are typically considered in isolation in the media, with no understanding of context, of what is within and what is beyond the expected.
A ‘humble outback structure’: a former Afghan cameleer’s mosque in Bourke NSW.
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Those opposed to the building of new mosques don't recognise their long history here, or potential to support Australian ideals. Mosques are part of our suburban landscape and can help overcome fears about Islam.
Greens senators staged a walkout during Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech.
The normal rules of political engagement – coherence, consistency, fact, logic, proportion – do not apply to members of the paranoid right like Pauline Hanson.
One Nation senator Pauline Hanson wants a ban on further Muslim immigration to Australia.
Public attitudes toward migration are a key driver of political instability and controversy across Europe and North America.
Politicians and those who wish to preserve the progressive achievements of the past must make their own pivot to a better understanding of the real world concerns of ordinary, hard working folk.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson addresses the Senate.
In her maiden speech to the Senate, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said Australia is in danger of being swamped by Muslims. What does the data say?
The government needs to tot up more wins, and quite quickly – and not just on budget matters but on other issues too.
Finally – though who knows for how long – we see signs of the Turnbull government pulling up its socks.
Pauline Hanson is back, and has three senators with her.
Pauline Hanson used her second maiden speech to parliament to hit out at Muslims, foreign ownership and immigration.
Earlier this year, Australian writer Don Watson visited the United States, observing the race for the presidency.
Tea Party supporters have been demanding to be heard for a long time.
We are witnessing the global rise of populism. Once seen as a fringe phenomenon from another era or only certain parts of the world, populism is a mainstay of politics today across the globe.
We will get an early insight into the Turnbull government’s likely approach to dealing with the Senate crossbench.
The returned Turnbull government can now add arguably one of the most diverse and potentially volatile senates ever to be elected in Australia to its list of political problems.