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Hanson cops autism flak

One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson has offended many with her comments on autistic children.
One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson has offended many with her comments on autistic children. MICK TSIKAS

LABOR MP Emma Husar, whose son has autism, has demanded an apology from Pauline Hanson after the One Nation leader's call for children with disabilities to be removed from mainstream classrooms.

Disability advocates and politicians have slammed Senator Hanson for her suggestion that autistic children and others with special needs be removed to stop other kids being held back.

Ms Husar's son Mitch was diagnosed with autism at age 18 months and "would never speak or play in a sports team with his friends”.

He is now 10 and doing both.

"I've got one thing to say to every single child on the autism spectrum who is going into the classroom today ... you matter,” Ms Husar said.

"Even on the days that are hard, when you're frustrated and your disability makes you angry you are still better than she (Ms Hanson) is on her best day.”

Autism awareness groups condemned Ms Hanson's comments and Social Services Minister Christian Porter said he agreed they were archaic, "quite wrong, they're very misinformed”.

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