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Hanson looks to run in Hunter

Pauline Hanson will run as an independent candidate in this year's federal election, saying Australians were "disgusted" with "illegal boat people". 

Despite being a Queenslander and forging her entire political career in that state, the former One Nation Party leader is  considering running in the NSW seat of Hunter, currently held by the Labor Party's Joel Fitzgibbon. 

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Hanson will contest

Former MP Pauline Hanson will contest the upcoming federal election, but has not yet decided on the NSW seat of Hunter or an undetermined seat in Queensland.

Ms Hanson insisted she had a strong connection with the Hunter region and believed her political values would be well received there, though she has not ruled out running in Queensland.

"I've lived down in the Hunter there for nearly two years," Ms Hanson told Fairfax Media on Wednesday. "My partner is from the area of Port Stephens.  

"The Hunter is very strong in its mining, which I do support, coal mining," she said, adding that she was "very, very concerned" about the mining of coal seam gas.

"I think we need to address the illegal boat people into Australia," Ms Hanson said.


"People are disgusted with it. Especially when the boats come up to Geraldton full of illegal immigrants and claiming to be refugees". 

People in the Hunter would harbour similar concerns about immigration, "because you have a lot of people that move into the country," she said.

Ms Hanson's potential opponent in the Hunter, Labor's former chief whip and Kevin Rudd supporter Mr Fitzgibbon, said he would keep his "powder dry" until she formally announced her candidacy. 

"We live in a democracy and anyone's entitled to come and run in Hunter, even those who live in Queensland," said Mr Fitzgibbon, who resigned as chief whip after last month's failed leadership coup. 

"If she runs I'll stand on my record and of course I'd expect her to stand on hers".

Ms Hanson was founder of the political party One Nation after winning the federal Queensland seat of Ipswich in 1996.

She has since failed in a number of bids at a political comeback, which include unsuccessful tilts at a Queensland seat in the Federal Senate, and a NSW upper house seat.  

Past statements include "I don't want to be Asianised" and endorsement of what she calls "homogeneity".

She has long denied being racist; positioning herself instead as a woman who has stood up to the major parties and against the forces of "political correctness".

"I'm nobody's yes person," Ms Hanson said on Wednesday. "I will be there for the people".

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