Pauline Hanson's mark II maiden speech was not just a clarion call to the disengaged and disaffected; it was also a wake up to progressives to confront the threat that cultural division poses to our nation.

The instinct is to either ignore Hanson and deny her the oxygen to spread her creed or to push back hard and challenge the underlying ignorance and mindless stereotypes that inform her worldview.

Both approaches are premised on the notion that Hanson's is the voice of a marginalised rump, out of step with the views of modern, mainstream, cosmopolitan Australia.

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