Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane has warned Pauline Hanson's anti-Muslim and Asian comments could unleash hatred, divisions and violence.

The One Nation leader has defended her anti-Muslim policies, repeated her call for a royal commission into Islam and re-iterated a claim, made for the first time nearly two decades ago, that Asian people were "swamping" the suburbs.

She said Muslims were preaching hatred in mosques and bringing the threat of "terrorism on our streets".

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