Hanson won't rule out election run for Blair

BACK IN THE GAME: Pauline Hanson alongside her portrait at the Faces of Ipswich exhibition at the Ipswich Art Gallery.
BACK IN THE GAME: Pauline Hanson alongside her portrait at the Faces of Ipswich exhibition at the Ipswich Art Gallery. David Nielsen

FORMER federal politician Pauline Hanson has not ruled out running for the seat of Blair in the coming federal election.

Ms Hanson was in Ipswich on Tuesday night for the opening of photographic exhibition Faces of Ipswich, which featured a portrait of the outspoken politician.

She is considering running in seats in Queensland, NSW and Tasmania but is yet to make a final decision on where her political future lies.

Ms Hanson currently splits her time between her properties west of Ipswich, in the seat of Wright, and a property in NSW.

"I'm not going to disclose which seats I'm looking at. I have received a lot of encouragement around Ipswich when I have done my shopping," she said.

"People are calling me up constantly saying I should be back in parliament.

"People still feel forgotten about by the members of parliament, they are fed up with them and they don't like the policies and others have said there is no real leadership in the Labor party.

"People would like to see someone of my calibre in parliament."

Ms Hanson said she learned plenty about political life and the need to "help the little people" when she was an Ipswich councillor in the mid-1990s.

"It was a battle for me, but I felt like I had to stand up for the little people on council," she said.

"I felt the councillors weren't in tune with people whose cow got out on a road, and then they wanted to charge them $500. So I'd fight for them not to be charged.

"It was always about helping the little people get things done. That is why I had the workers behind me. It was a learning curve for me. When I felt like I could do things for people, I went into federal politics. I got so much satisfaction out of helping the public."

The former One Nation leader said her short stint on Ipswich City Council gave her the springboard to go further.

"It did," she said. "I had no interest in politics before I went on the Ipswich City Council. But because of a set of circumstances, I was thrown into it."

Blair MP Shayne Neumann said Ms Hanson had a history of running in seats that suited her political fortunes.

"It's up to any individual if they want to nominate for a seat but I'll be running on my record.

"She has run in multiple seats in a variety of different areas and states. I'm committed to Blair."

Topics:  blair federal election 2013 ipswich city council one nation pauline hanson shayne neumann

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