Hanson accused of making inflammatory comment on Aboriginals

NEWLY elected indigenous Labor MP Linda Burney has accused One Nation senator-elect Pauline Hanson of making inflammatory comments about Aboriginals.

Ms Burney, the first indigenous woman to be elected to the Lower House, claimed on the ABC's Lateline program on Tuesday night that Ms Hanson once said indigenous Australians "ate their babies at some point in the past".

She also hit out at Ms Hanson's past statements about the nation "being swamped by Asians", saying "you cannot excuse stupidity for ignorance".

Ms Hanson is set to hold a key position on the Senate crossbench, and her One Nation could win two seats in the Upper House.

Since being confirmed as elected, she has called for a "royal commission into Islam" and repeated her statement from when she was an MP in the House of Representatives that some areas of the country were being "swamped by Asians".

Topics:  abc aboriginal federal politics linda burney one nation pauline hanson

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