Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has lashed out at Pauline Hanson after the One Nation leader used the London attacks to renew her call to stop Muslims from immigrating to Australia.
Senator Hanson took to social media in the immediate aftermath of the attack to say “stop Islamic immigration before it is too late”.
It was accompanied by a graphic mimicking the “Run, Hide, Tell” emergency message released by British police earlier in the day.
UK police were telling people to run to a safe place and hide if they were caught up in a terror attack, before calling emergency services.
One Nation’s graphic recasts that slogan as a call for a sweeping immigration overhaul.
“Australia is tired of Labor, the Greens and the Liberals RUNNING their campaign that Islam is good for Australia,” it reads.
It also says Australia will not hide the link between “Islamic teachings” and terrorism, and Australians are tired of telling politicians that Islam is not compatible with Australia.
Mr Shorten said it was “disgusting” that Senator Hanson was trying to stoke a debate about immigration “within hours” of the attack.
“I’d just say to Pauline and everyone else, hold your horses,” he said.
“You’re in politics, whatever point you want to make you might get that opportunity — but today it’s crass, idiotic and disgusting.”
He also said the attack reinforced the need for Australians to “stick together”.
“The exact win for terrorists and violent criminals is when they see communities start to fray and become suspicious of others,” he said.
Ms Hanson was quick to hit back at Mr Shorten on social media.
“Labor started this under Whitlam, Frazer (sic) was almost as bad. Rudd & Gillard opened the borders. Bill Shorten will make the same mistake,” she tweeted.
“The people of Britain have been let down by their leaders. It’s so frustrating to see fools like Bill Shorten making the same mistakes.”
The original “Run, Hide, Tell” image tweeted out by London Metropolitan Police on June 4, 2017.
(Twitter: Metropolitan Police)