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She said Kennett wasn’t averse to a meeting, but didn’t want to seek one out. m. Helen phoned David Oldfield, who had taken to calling Helen, Channel Nine’s Melanie Wendt and me nightly from Sydney for briefings from us on the day’s events. He was keen to play ball. QXD 34 04/05/2001 12:01 PM Page 34 GETTING TO KNOW HER already at the saleyards said Hanson had declined their entreaties, using the ridiculous reasoning that a meeting would take the gloss off her primary industry policy launch in the afternoon.

Of course the first day that I was out of it and I was disendorsed [by the Liberals] it was funny, because I was disendorsed the night before and I went to the fish markets that morning and I came back and I was about to turn into my shop, and I thought “holy hell”—there was all this media in front of the shop. And I never expected anything and I just sort of—I just kept going, I didn’t turn in. And I had a boot full of fish! ” And of course it was on the front page of the paper. They were out at the fish markets trying to chase me but I just missed them.

Now she proposed a cascading tax of 2 percent every time there was a change of ownership of a product. It was a mad scheme that had been worked on for thirteen years by a fringe group of accountants. But Hanson would not elaborate in the TV interview. We’d have to wait. Hanson and I had got along fine during the Queensland election campaign. After the interview I began chatting to her, before realising that an ‘A Current Affair’ crew had a microphone under our noses. I protested at being recorded without permission and Hanson said, ‘Welcome to my life’.

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