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« on: March 21, 2009, 03:15:50 pm »
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Too little, too late though. How dare you ruin Pauline Hanson's chance to speak for ordinary Australians!


The pics that caused a storm

March 21, 2009

LAST weekend, this newspaper published pictures we believed were of Pauline Hanson. Many people across the nation have had a say.

The pictures have also prompted a strong reaction from you, the readers.

The central purpose of The Sunday Telegraph is to serve our readers and the paper acknowledges many of you believe the paper overstepped the mark.

We received phone calls, letters and emails saying that, whether or not it was Pauline Hanson in the pictures, they should not have been published.

Every week the reporters, headline writers, photographers and dedicated staff of the paper work to produce a lively, fun and informative product that brings you the best news, sport and gossip.

The decision to publish was based on the fact that, firstly, we believed it was Pauline Hanson in the pictures and, secondly, she was a public figure, running for election in Queensland in a return to front-line politics, who had written a detailed book about her life in which she laid her private life bare.

In the autobiography, Untamed & Unashamed, Ms Hanson detailed at length her own sex life which began when she was a teenager. She had her first child at the age of 16.

The paper believed - and still believes - there is massive public interest in Ms Hanson's life.

As someone who has detailed her own life, who lives in, and courts, the public spotlight and who aspires to public office, Ms Hanson's life is open to scrutiny.

She has been a subject of intense fascination since she burst onto the national scene 13 years ago.

We knew the decision would be controversial but, in our enthusiasm to produce the best Sunday newspaper in the country, we published the pictures because we believed them to be a genuine news story.

We accept many readers disagree and many of you believe that publishing the 30-year-old pictures served no public interest.

In an attempt to address this issue and acknowledge the strength of feeling in the community, we have given over a large portion of the letters page (Page 36) to the Hanson controversy.

We believe readers are more than entitled to have a say and we encourage them to write in and, where they see fit, give us a whack.

Such an opportunity is a crucial right in a democratic society.

The Sunday Telegraph makes weekly judgments about all sorts of people, and many public figures have copped it from this paper. So if we're going to dish it out, we have to be able to take the criticism.

We're not politicians here. We don't try to spin our way out of a jam.

Last week there was plenty of criticism and we have taken that on board.

We thank our readers for corresponding with us and encourage them to keep doing so.

PAULINE HANSON will always remain the darling of Australian Politics!

Never quit Pauline, we need your voice in Parliament.

I hope Pauline's supporters will boycott that newspaper...

tabloid junk.

She lost the election losing the plot over the issue....she sounded like a shrew and could have done a more eloquent job of defending her stance......

On a side note, I hope all journalists from 7 and 9 who made a media circus of this subject, have their genitals rot off from a fungus infection and I genuinely wish that for them....I shall make sure I consult my oracle and be sure to make a request of it.
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