One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has become involved in a heated exchange with West Australian Labor MP Anne Aly about how their private lunch was reported in the media three years ago.
The politicians crossed paths in northern Perth electorate Cowan on Monday where One Nation candidate Sheila Mundy is up against Dr Aly, who holds the seat on a 0.7 per cent margin.
Senator Hanson said she was not happy that Dr Aly, Australia’s first Muslim woman elected to federal parliament, had spoken to a journalist about the lunch.
“I just felt I was set up with that, Anne,” Senator Hanson said.
Dr Aly said there was nothing controversial about it and questioned the Queensland senator’s timing.
Dr Aly asked Senator Hanson: “You’ve had ample opportunity to raise it with me. Why are you raising it with me now?”
“Don’t you think it’s good for the people to see that we can have a discussion and it’s OK?”
Senator Hanson infamously wore a burqa in parliament as part of a stunt calling for a ban on the Islamic garment.