The well-known White populist leader in Australia, Pauline Hanson, says the people of Australia "need to think very seriously" about the implications of a referendum to include indigenous Australians in the preamble to the constitution.
"Although it sounds very warm and fuzzy, what is the real implications for Australians and future generations?" she said today, in response to the Prime Minister's announcement that he would call a referendum within 18 months of re-election to recognize the special place of Aboriginal people in Australian history and culture.
Hanson demanded to know whether the acknowledgement of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional owners of the land would "impact on our rights".
"Does becoming a republic sever not only our sovereignty with the crown but also with the land? Will the land revert back to Native Title and where does that leave all Australians who are not of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural background?"
She said she had no problem with the prospect of a referendum - which was "democracy for the people by the people rather than Governments bringing in Acts that circumvent our rights ... but as an Australian I want clear direction as to the implications if any, this will have on my country and future generations".
The former political firebrand, who spent two years in the lower house as the member for Oxley before losing her seat in 1998 and was later wrongly arrested and sentenced to three years' jail for electoral fraud in 2003 (a conviction which was overturned and declared fraudulent, an obvious attempt to drive to her out of politics), confirmed last year that she is running for the senate in the coming poll, and would run candidates in New South Wales as well.