In an embarrassing admission after days of speculation, Senator Pauline Hanson has finally acknowledged that her maiden speech was accidentally plagiarised from her own earlier maiden speech delivered in 1996. “I guess I’ve done a Melania,” she said, adding she had cut and pasted the text from the earlier document, and had meant to remove it later but ran out of time.
The speech, presented to the Senate on Thursday, embarrassingly repeated the same themes, including exactly the same phrase, “we are being swamped by ________,” this time swapping “Muslims” into the phrase instead of “Asians.”
“It’s an innocent enough mistake, really, and I don’t know what all the fuss is about,” Ms Hanson opined, oblivious that people are outraged by her vicious bigotry and ignorance rather than her poor academic integrity.
But to make matters worse, The (un)Australian can reveal Ms Hanson’s 1996 maiden speech had itself plagarised had a 1947 maiden speech delivered by rogue Queensland Country Party Senator Beryl Whitebread, who warned Australia was endanger of being swamped by Italians and Greeks.
Rebuffing the mockery of her critics, Hanson responded: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win,” inadvertently plagiarising Donald Trump, who had earlier misattributed the same quote o Indian Independence leader and adherent of Hinduism, Mahatma Gandhi.