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'Racist redhead redneck': Pauline Hanson cops spray in Cairns

An Indigenous leader has shouted down Pauline Hanson, calling her a “racist redneck” at an art fair in far north Queensland.  

Tensions rose after the incoming Queensland senator arrived unannounced with a 60 Minutes film crew at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair on Saturday.

Pauline Hanson fields Aboriginal leader attack

The incident in Cairns is gaining momentum on social media after it was captured in a video clip. (Video courtesy ABC News 24)

As she left the building, Murrandoo Yanner began to yell at her loudly.

“You picked on Aboriginal people, now you are kicking the Muslims around,” he said.

“You are just a racist redneck with your red hair. Go away, go back to Ipswich and your fish and chip shop.

“You’re disgraceful, you are a woman lacking moral fibre, you are intellectually dishonest and you are not welcome here.”

A large group of people gathered watching then broke out into applause.

The incident was filmed and posted on Facebook, where it has been watched more than 850,000 times, shared more than 13,000 times and liked more than 20,000 times.

Pauline Hanson was labelled a 'racist redneck' by an Indigenous leader when she attended an art fair in Cairns.
Pauline Hanson was labelled a ‘racist redneck’ by an Indigenous leader when she attended an art fair in Cairns. Photo: Tertius Pickard

A spokeswoman for the art fair said the 60 Minutes crew had not sought accreditation before arriving to film at the event. 

The One Nation party leader has made a political comeback after being elected to the senate in the July 2 federal election.

She used her maiden speech when elected to the House of Representatives in 1996 to criticise Aboriginal land rights, welfare and reconciliation.   

More recently, she called for a ban on Muslim immigration to Australia after the Orlando nightclub shooting in America last month.

Ms Hanson has declined to comment on the incident.

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