Never let a good crisis go to waste: Pauline Hanson's exploitation of COVID-19 on Facebook

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This brief contribution explores how the 2020 COVID-19 crisis has been exploited by Australian populist radical right politician, Pauline Hanson. In particular, I discuss how Hanson, through her political communication on Facebook, has used the COVID-19 crisis to prosecute her longstanding nativist policies on issues like immigration. I further discuss how Hanson’s anti-Asian and Sinophobic rhetoric has occurred alongside an increase in anti-Asian racism in Australia throughout the COVID-19 crisis. I conclude by discussing the implications of this as well as foreshadowing future empirical work on this topic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-105
Number of pages5
JournalMIA Media International Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • COVID-19
  • Facebook
  • Pauline Hanson
  • communication
  • populism
  • populist radical right
  • social media


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