• Commentators on Pauline Hanson (L-R) Randa Abdel-Fattah, Linda Burney, Alan Jones and Dr Thiam Ang (SBS)Source: SBS
Pauline Hanson: shrewd political player, or ignorant racist? Broadcaster Alan Jones says she was "attractive", while Pat O'Shane says "She was very unintelligent".
By
Genevieve Dwyer

25 Jul 2016 - 11:36 AM  UPDATED 1 Aug 2016 - 9:51 AM

Twenty years after she first debuted on Australia's political scene, Senator elect Pauline Hanson still leaves commentators everywhere divided-something that is explored in greater detail in Pauline Hanson: Please Explain, airing this Sunday 31st July at 8:30pm on SBS.

In the meantime in this mini web-exclusive, commentators from the documentary including Pat O’Shane, Alan Jones, Helen Sham-Ho, Dr Thiam Ang, Randa Ebdel-Fattah, Linda Burney and Margo Kingston all weigh in on just who Hanson is to them. 

Dr Thiam Ang, the former president of the Chinese Australian forum says "I personally think Hanson is actually a smart operator. She's a really good opportunist."

"She basically looks around, sees what's wrong with society and then comes up with these simplistic notions."

Author Randa Abdel-Fattah disagrees with the 'opportunist' notion though, saying "I think I'd give Hanson more credit than just being opportunistic when it comes to the rise of Islamophobia."

"She really believes what she's saying - she's really anxious and worried about Australia." 

So is Hanson racist? Watch the mini-documentary above to see what our commentators had to say.

See more of Pauline, her commentators and the infamous fish and chip shop where it all began in Pauline Hanson: Please Explain! Available to view at SBS On Demand now.

Or watch it right here:

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