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Pauline Hanson now has a say in the NBN

From fish 'n' chips to fibre, the firebrand politician is turning her eye to the future of Australian technology.

Federal Senator Pauline Hanson

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Australia, your technological future is in safe hands: The NBN will now be under the watchful eye of Pauline Hanson.

Senator Hanson was appointed to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network late on Tuesday, meaning she will now form a key part of the team steering the future of one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Australian history.

But if Parliament is a popularity contest, then the Senator fell short. Senator Hanson failed to score the number of ballots required to be voted into one of the seats reserved for independent senators. That seat went to Senator Stirling Griff of the Nick Xenophon Team in a 35-30 vote.

Instead, Ms. Hanson only scored the job when the government gave up one of its seats and Liberal Senator John Williams was discharged from the committee.

Ms. Hanson takes on the role after joining the Senate in September, alongside three other members of Pauline Hanson's One Nation party.

The Senator, who describes herself as "one of Australia's most well known politicians" on her website, has stayed relatively quiet on the subject of the NBN until now, instead preferring to use her maiden speech in the Senate to discuss Muslim immigration, foreign investment in Australia and welfare reform.