Former PMs condemn `Nazi'

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The Independent Online
Three of Australia's former prime ministers denounced maverick legislator Pauline Hanson yesterday, comparing her views with those of Nazi Germany and warning that Australia's economic future in Asia depended on her "morally repugnant" influence being defused.

In a statement, former Labor prime ministers Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and Gough Whitlam said Mrs Hanson was a charlatan and "an accident of the electoral system" whose "glib posturings" preyed on people's willingness to identify scapegoats.Mrs Hanson has become notorious for saying Asian immigrants threaten to "swamp" Australia. -- AP, Sydney