Far-right Australian politician Pauline Hanson, who sparked outrage with her 1990s campaign against Asian immigration, said Wednesday she would now target Muslims.
The former member of parliament and leader of the One Nation party is running for a senate seat in elections this year and has applied to register a new party -- Pauline's United Australia Party.
Hanson, 52, made it clear in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that her policies have not changed, but that the target has.
"We need to have a look at our immigration levels and I'd like to have a look at putting a moratorium on any more Muslims coming into Australia," she said.
Hanson has also complained that African refugees bring disease into the country.
"I think that we need to look at getting out of the 1951 convention of refugees and not being forced into taking refugees in this country that bring in diseases, who are incompatible with our lifestyle," she said Wednesday.
The former fish and chip shop owner was elected to the lower house of parliament in 1996, and in her maiden speech warned that Australia was in danger of being swamped by Asians.
Hanson's racial views drew international criticism but her One Nation party briefly enjoyed strong support in Australia on issues such as immigration and trade protectionism before she lost her seat in 1998.
She was briefly jailed in 2003 for fraudently spending electoral funds before the judgement was overturned.
Elections are due to be held by the end of the year, but Prime Minister John Howard has not yet announced a date.
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