PAYING RESPECTS: Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson attends Gladstone's Anzac Day ceremony alongside One Nation candidate for Flynn Sharon Lohse at Anzac Park, Gladstone.
PAYING RESPECTS: Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson attends Gladstone's Anzac Day ceremony alongside One Nation candidate for Flynn Sharon Lohse at Anzac Park, Gladstone. Matt Taylor GLA250419PAUL

Hanson receives warm welcome at Gladstone Anzac ceremony

ONE Nation leader Pauline Hanson chose Gladstone to pay her respects on Anzac Day yesterday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in Townsville and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was in Darwin for Anzac Day services.

The Queensland senator was a popular figure at the Gladstone ceremony, attending alongside One Nation candidate for Flynn Sharon Lohse.

Senator Hanson posed for photos with navy cadets and stopped for selfies with the crowd who was keen to chat.

Denying suggestions she received a "rock star" welcome, Senator Hanson said her popularity was the result of "having the guts" to say what the people say.

"What I've heard from people today is we've got the guts to say what they're thinking and people have lost trust, hope and faith in the major political parties," Senator Hanson said.

"We were once a prosperous country and I think it's due to bad management from our government we're in the situation we're in now and people don't know who to trust.

"I'm always out there talking to grassroots people, what are the issues, and I take them back to parliament and I fight for them there."

Ms Hanson didn't expand on party policy but threw her support behind local grazier and Flynn candidate Sharon Lohse.

"Sharon is a grazier and understands the hardships and she's a fighter like myself. I know she'll do a fantastic job for the people," she said.

Senator Hanson spent the previous day at Yeppoon and Rockhampton with pro and anti-Adani protesters.

She labelled anti-Adani protesters as "hypocrites" with an "our way our the highway" approach and who shutdown talk of climate change saying "it's been happening since day dot".

With Mr Shorten and deputy prime minister Michael McCormack having already visited Gladstone since the election was called, Senator Hanson said she had been on the campaign trail for the past three years.

"From the day I got elected in 2016 I never stopped travelling around Queensland," she said.

"I'm probably the most-travelled senator you have in this state.

"I ask you who the other 11 senators are in this state and most people couldn't even name one.

"It's not a matter of am I on the campaign trail.

"I've been on it for the last three years fighting for people."

Senator Hanson enjoyed an Anzac Day lunch alongside Ms Lohse at the Gladstone Anzac Memorial Bowls and Citizens Club.

She was expected to travel north today.



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