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Saturday, October 09, 2004

Hanson buys sympathy votes with another suicide confession

The former One Nation leader, Pauline Hanson, has admitted that she considered killing herself while locked up for fraud charges in a Brisbane prison. And most of Australia sighs with disappointment that she didn’t actually go through with it. But what do you expect from a politician, that she’d actually see her words through to the end?

During the interview, which took place on the bastion of credible news shows, Mornings with Kerri-Anne, a tearful Hanson said she had become so depressed in prison that she considered suicide. Unfortunately thousands of her supporters sent her letters of encouragement, which lifted her spirits.

This story was reported in News Limited papers and on news.com.au, but in fact this is not the first time Pauline Hanson has said she thought about suicide in jail. Back in November 2003, in another tearful interview, this time for 60 Minutes, Hanson confessed she had been placed on suicide watch. So why is she back on TV saying the same things, just a couple of days out of the election? Well, it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it! While in jail she received thousands of letters and many people admitted they felt sorry for her. The interview was just a publicity sham to get sympathy votes for her bid for the Senate.

Meanwhile, Hanson has attacked Mark Latham; calling him nasty and saying he has no compassion.

Um… what?! Pauline Hanson attacking someone for having no compassion. Please! Someone get this woman an agent, she has a successful career in stand-up comedy just waiting for her.