Pauline Hanson draws hundreds of supporters at rally
HUNDREDS of people turned out to the Reclaim Australia Rally this morning held at Rockhampton's Central Park Fountain.
One Nation party leader Pauline Hanson was the event's guest speaker where she spoke about the concerns she had of the future of Australia.
Those concerns were clearly shared among the group of ralliers as cheers of support echoed the park when Ms Hanson spoke.
Rockhampton's Chris Hooper stood out in the crowd.
With a sign hanging around his neck depicting a cartoon, the local Have A Chat drop in centre owner, made a clear statement of his thoughts on the controversial event.
Chris, 62, said he attended the rally to see what people's views were like in Rockhampton.
"This cartoon I thought summed up my thoughts on the matter," he said.
"I just think sometimes these things can be a little too extreme and everyone needs to understand that a large percentage of Muslims that come and live here want to live the Australian lifestyle and only a small percentage don't. You can't stereotype that all Muslims are for ISIS.
"I look after an Iranian bloke and he doesn't like ISIS or anything that they stand for, he came to Australia to live the way we live. People need to remember that there's fanatics in all religions and cultures, it's not just Muslims.
"I use to own a farm on Emu Park Rd where workers from all over the world would come for work and I realised that we're not all that different. There's bad people from all different cultures, including Australia, and there's good people."
But Chris's views were clearly outnumbered as cheers of support echoed the park when Ms Hanson took to the podium where she raised her concerns of the future of the country.
"As I look across the sea of people standing here I see people from all different multicultural backgrounds and nationalities but I see that we are all Australian's and that's what's important," Ms Hanson said.
"To me the Reclaim Australia Rally is about getting back the country I grew up in, it means to support the man on the land.
"To see foreign investors coming into our country buying our prime agricultural land and saying come on down, I don't want them to come on down, I want to encourage the man on the land to stay there.
"I have also seen my country change into different cultures that have been welcomed here and by all means we are a nation, one of the largest in the world of about 176 different cultural backgrounds.
"What has happened is governments have allowed different cultures to come here and maintain their own cultural beliefs, even in our courts.
"I am against Islam in Australia, I'm not targeting Muslims, I'm targeting the ideology of what Islam stands for. We do not want or need Sharia Law in Australia."
"When I was the Member for Parliament and people got their citizenship I used to say, I welcome you as long as you give Australia you're undivided loyalty otherwise I will take you to the airport and wave you hooray."
Meanwhile in Brisbane, a strong police presence was separating vocal anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters at Sunday morning's Reclaim Australia rally in a bid to stem violent scenes that erupted in Melbourne on Saturday.
Police were standing between two sides of the racism divide in Emma Miller Place in the old Roma Street Forum, Fairfax reported.
On one side was a group of young people grouped under Socialist Alliance banners chanting, "Muslims are welcome in Australia".
On the other side was a group of older people with signs saying they are members of the Patriot Defence League Australia and the Reclaim Australia movement.
The younger protesters are using whistles, loud hailers and megaphones to drown out Cold Chisel, Men at Work and John Farnham songs.