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Please explain: Pauline defends eye roll

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016

Pauline Hanson insists her epic eye-roll during her One Nation colleague's speech was a sign of embarrassment, not disrespect.

Senator Hanson rolled her eyes and shook her head as Malcolm Roberts paid tribute to "our Pauline, the people's politician" in his first speech to parliament last night.

Video of the incident was widely shared on social media.

Now she's taken to Facebook to hit out at "narrow-minded" media outlets.

"I wasn't rolling my eyes out of disrespect to Malcolm's kind words, I was simply embarrassed.

"After 20 years of having most people in the public eye slander and take pot shots, I guess I don't take compliments too well."

Senator Roberts has also taken to social media to hit back at Greens senators who refused to shake his hand after the speech, as is customary.

Only one of the nine Greens, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, got up to congratulate him.

"If I upset the Greens then I hit my target," he tweeted.

He thanked Senator Whish-Wilson for respecting the institution of the Senate.

Liberal frontbencher James McGrath said the Greens' behaviour was disappointing and "just plain rudeness".

"You don't have to agree with someone to be civil towards them," he told reporters in Canberra.

Senator Hanson will make her highly-anticipated first speech to the Senate this afternoon, 20 years after her first speech to parliament as the member for Oxley rocked the nation.

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