Last night on the ABC's Q&A, Irani-born Labor Senator Sam Dastyari turned to Pauline Hanson and asked her if she'd have let him into the country. She turned to him, in apparent shock, and asked: "Are you Muslim? Really?"

The interaction, and Hanson's baffled reaction, is typical of the Queensland senator-elect. It's stuff like this that makes her media catnip. In the eight years she spent in the political wilderness after failing to hold her seat in 1998, she was never far from our screens.