Sandra Sully accidentally calls One Nation leader Pauline Hanson a ‘rapist’ instead of racist on live TV

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Hanson is currently in the Federal Court defending herself after telling Greens deputy leader Senator Faruqi to “piss off back to Pakistan”.
Hanson is currently in the Federal Court defending herself after telling Greens deputy leader Senator Faruqi to “piss off back to Pakistan”. Credit: Bianca De Marchi/AAP PHOTOS/AAP

Veteran journalist Sandra Sully has apologised after accidentally labelling One Nation leader Pauline Hanson a rapist on live TV.

The Channel 10 presenter was in the middle of reading the Monday night news bulletin when she pointed to an upcoming story on Hanson’s legal stoush with deputy Greens leader Mehreen Faruqi.

“Plus, Pauline Hanson in court,” she told viewers.

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“Why the One Nation leader has been forced to fight claims that she is a rapist. Racist, I apologise. And correct, racist.”

Hanson is currently in the Federal Court defending herself after telling Greens deputy leader Senator Faruqi to “piss off back to Pakistan”.

In September 2022, Faruqi tweeted she could not mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II as the leader of a “racist empire built on stolen lives, land and wealth of colonised peoples”.

Senator Hanson responded, saying she was appalled and disgusted with the Greens senator’s comments, telling her to “pack (her) bags and piss off back to Pakistan”.

Newsreader Sandra Sully has appeared on air with a bandaged hand. Picture: Supplied / Channel 10
he Channel 10 presenter was in the middle of reading the Monday night news bulletin when she pointed to an upcoming story on Hanson’s legal stoush with deputy Greens leader Mehreen Faruqi. Credit: Channel 10

Senator Hanson was giving evidence on Tuesday in the racial discrimination lawsuit where she said she felt incensed and insulted because of the “terrible” comments made about the recently passed Queen.

She said she did not consider the phrase she used as hurtful and did not consider what the responses would be of those who saw her tweet.

“I’m a paper girl, OK? not technology,” she said.

The trial is due to continue on Wednesday.

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