One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has left people scratching their heads after she forgot her own birthday.
It all happened when Hanson moved an amendment that would increase the limit on superannuation contributions that people 67 and over can make. Interestingly, Hanson is 67.
“Just because you’re 67 and you’re of a retirement age – which I am proud to say, I am 67 years of age, and I turned 67 yesterday,” Hanson remarked.
That’s fair enough!
Well, it was until Labor Senator Murray Watt questioned her statement.
“I’d like to begin by wishing Senator Hanson a happy birthday. I didn’t actually realise it was your birthday yesterday, Senator Hanson,” he said.
“That even further explains your actions in moving this amendment. When I spoke on this last night I realised that you were 67 and that that was the reason you were trying to move a tax benefit for people who are 67 or older.”
He added, “What I didn’t realise was that you were moving the amendment to benefit 67-year-olds on the day you turned 67. That is ingenious!
“How long did you spend working out how you could manipulate the system to give yourself a pay rise on your birthday? I’ve heard of a lot of people out there who like to buy themselves a birthday present on their birthday because they’re not sure what they’re going to get.”
But, there’s a problem… Hanson’s birthday is May 27th, not June 16th.
“Misrepresentation: Senator Watt said I’ve circulated this on my birthday,” Hanson responded.
“My birthday was last month, this [amendment] was not circulated on my birthday, so it’s basically misrepresentation, telling a lie.”
Temporary Chair Glenn Sterle was forced to step in and point out that Hanson had stated that her birthday was yesterday.
Hanson responded, “Yesterday was not my birthday, so you are wrong, I’m sure you’ve realised that… My birthday was last month”.
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