There are calls for an investigation to examine whether Pauline Hanson has been taking the same painkillers which Eddie McGuire has now claimed were the cause of a racist joke involving Adam Goodes.
In a widely circulated interview today, the embattled broadcaster is reported to have told GQ magazine that he was “on heavy duty painkillers, antibiotics and steroids,” when he made offensive comments about Adam Goodes in 2013.
Mr McGuire says that the medication was intended for an infection in his knee. In the excerpts released by GQ he is reported to have said, “I should have stayed in bed that day.”
Some have pointed out, that it might be wise for Mr McGuire to spend many more days in bed, having a good think.
But if Mr McGuire was on painkillers, these revelations have caused many to enquire whether there may indeed be a simpler explanation for Pauline Hanson’s radical viewpoints over the years. If painkillers have led Eddie to such lapses in judgment, could they also explain Ms Hanson’s controversial views about Asian migration, Indigenous affairs and Islam?
Broken News has no evidence to assert that Ms Hanson is on any painkillers or any other medications and we don’t make any such assertions. Nor, in fact, do we have any evidence to suggest that medications such as these are likely to lead to racist outbursts.
Members of our editorial team have themselves taken pain medication for a range of sporting injuries over the years, but none of us have noted that telling racist jokes are among the side effects of the medication.
A pharmacist told Broken News that the most severe risk with painkiller medications was “driving or operating heavy machinery.”
“We advise against both of those things. That’s why we put the little sticker on the box. Of course you should get a professional opinion from your doctor, but the medicine itself is not likely to turn you into a racist.”
“Mostly, our professional view is that if you’re racist, you will probably say racist things, and if you’re not racist, then you probably won’t ever say racist things.”