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New Labor member says controversial One Nation leader’s views are “unacceptable” but her party must be pragmatic in negotiations.
By
Myles Morgan

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NITV NEWS
6 Jul 2016 - 2:28 PM  UPDATED 6 Jul 2016 - 2:28 PM

One of Labor’s star candidates will challenge Pauline Hanson’s views in Parliament but conceded her party will probably need to negotiate with her.

Wiradjuri woman Linda Burney has claimed victory in the Sydney electorate of Barton for the Labor party.

She will become the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the House of Representatives.

“The views that Ms Hanson has expressed over the last couple of days are unacceptable in 2016 in Australia,” Ms Burney told NITV.

The leader of the One Nation party, Pauline Hanson, received more than 100,000 votes in her tilt for a Queensland Senate seat.

It looks almost certain she will be elected into the Senate, possibly with other One Nation candidates.

The One Nation Party’s policies include calling for a Royal Commission into Islam, stopping immigration of Muslims, abolishing multiculturalism and enforcing assimilation.

“If someone spreads these racist views then I'm going to say something about it,” Ms Burney said.

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Hanson putting constitutional recognition at risk

Pauline Hanson is also poses a threat to constitutional recognition of Indigenous people, Ms Burney told NITV.

“Of course she does. That's a ridiculous notion that two people in the Senate would put at risk something that is the business of the nation,” she said.

As Australia inches towards finding out who won Saturday’s election, there’s a real possibility both sides of politics will need to woo minor parties like One Nation to support or oppose legislation.

Labor is willing to negotiate with One Nation but their influence must be put into context, according to Ms Burney.

“The key to making a hung parliament work is openness, negotiation, accountability, communication and relationships,” she said.

“You have to have those relationships with the whole of the crossbench, not just One Nation.”

In a Facebook video, Pauline Hanson said she would refuse interviews with newspapers and other major news organisations.

“I'm not interested and neither is the public,” she told her followers.

“No wonder you've lost sales in your newspaper sales and your ratings are going down because no one wants to know what you have to say because you can't tell the truth.”

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