Pauline Hanson says she hasn’t been able to see long-term partner for months due to border closures
One Nation senator Pauline Hanson says she’s been unable to see her long-term partner for months because he is stuck in NSW, also revealing she hasn’t met her newest grandchild because of Covid border restrictions.
Senator Hanson and her partner Tony Nyquist are notoriously private about their relationship of 13 years.
But the One Nation leader made a rare comment about Mr Nyquist, revealing she has been unable to see him for the past three months because of the NSW-Queensland border closure.
Mr Nyquist is currently in Port Stephens, more than 700km away from Senator Hanson who lives in Beaudesert, Queensland.
“He was visiting family in NSW and that was about … probably near three months ago, and he can't come home now,” Senator Hanson told NCA NewsWire.
“He can't come home. He’s not regarded as a Queenslander. He is registered in NSW, but still this (Queensland) is his home here as well.
“Of course I miss my partner of 13 years, of course I do.”
The outspoken senator also revealed she had been separated from her own daughter, who is based in Tasmania, for almost two years due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
“I've only got one daughter, and I haven’t seen her. I have a very close bond with my daughter,” she said.
“I empathise with people, you know. I’m going through this too.”
The One Nation leader also has a newborn granddaughter that she has not be able to visit.
“I've got a three-week-old new granddaughter and I haven’t been able to see her. And I don’t know when I will be able to see her,” Senator Hanson said.
Senator Hanson, who has refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19, lashed the state premiers for shutting their borders in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus.
“All of this has been political, it's been a scare mongering. It is unwarranted unnecessary and destroying people’s lives and businesses,” Senator Hanson said.
“Parents are separated from their own children and this is happening because of Covid. Those that live in other states – people haven't seen their children for months.”
Senator Hanson said she was just one of many Australian who had been separated from their loved ones due to Covid-19 restrictions, calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to step in and put an end to the state-led public health orders.
“The Prime Minister has lost control of this country to the premiers,” she said.
“He’s going to have to take it to the High Court to make a ruling to stop the premiers from shutting the borders whenever it suits them.”
The Doherty modelling followed by the government outlines a 70-80 per cent full vaccination rate must be reached before it is safe to reopen the country.
But Senator Hanson claimed the restrictions were “unnecessary”, accusing the government of having no understanding of what Australian families were going through.
“Didn't they want the parliamentarians to go through an empathy course? I wish they’d done it because I’ll tell you what, they need it,” she said.
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