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Therese Ritchie: Why Pauline Hanson 2.0 is like a saltwater crocodile

Therese Ritchie: Why Pauline Hanson 2.0 is like a saltwater crocodile

The next time Pauline Hanson says “I speak for the people of Australia,” remember this: she will steal your integrity, roll you until you choke on your own terror, and if she can’t swallow you whole, she will drag you down and stash you in a dark forgotten place until you rot, simply because she prefers to feed on putrefied flesh.

Blacks in the back cunts in the front. New work by Therese Ritchie

Blacks in the back cunts in the front. New work by Therese Ritchie

Blacks in the back, cunts in the front and the response to it, is emblematic of how non-indigenous Australia embraces and yet looks away from aboriginal people at the same time. This ruptured thinking process is the stringy bond with our earlier task of occupying, claiming and settling Australia, in particular the ‘wilderness consciousness’ that in its day encouraged mate-ship, an easy going attitude, and above all, manners (you could not swear at the dinner table or in front of your mother) whilst allowing rape and killing to be seen as pragmatic.