Tracey Curro, ex-60 Minutes star who got Pauline Hanson to say please explain, charged with assault

The former 60 Minutes reporter whose question prompted Pauline Hanson to utter her famous catchphrase ‘please explain’ during an interview for the first time is charged with assault

  • Former TV journalist Tracey Curro charged with assault in Queensland
  • Ms. Curro is best known for inspiring Pauline Hanson’s ‘Please Explain’ response.
  • The former 60 Minutes reporter understood having had a family dispute

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The popular TV journalist who stunned Pauline Hanson into delivering her signature catchphrase has been charged with assault.

Tracey Curro, 59, was involved in an incident in North Queensland on August 19 that led to her being charged with common assault.

Curro prompted Hanson to respond with his immortal “Please explain” line after asking the then-rookie deputy if she was “xenophobic” during a 60-minute interview in 1996.

The popular TV journalist who stunned Pauline Hanson into delivering her signature catchphrase has been charged with assault.

The popular TV journalist who stunned Pauline Hanson into delivering her signature catchphrase has been charged with assault.

Curro prompted Hanson to respond with his immortal 'Please explain' after asking the then-rookie deputy if she was 'xenophobic' during a 60-minute interview.

Curro prompted Hanson to respond with his immortal 'Please explain' after asking the then-rookie deputy if she was 'xenophobic' during a 60-minute interview.

Curro prompted Hanson to respond with his immortal ‘Please explain’ after asking the then-rookie deputy if she was ‘xenophobic’ during a 60-minute interview.

Hanson’s response was greeted by Curro with a raised eyebrow, and was later mocked by viewers.

But it became such a huge cult following that the One Nation frontman eventually made it his signature saying.

The former journalist allegedly assaulted another person in Ingham who was believed to be a family member, the mail informed.

The complainant is believed to be from Townsville.

Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto confirmed that Curro was involved in a “family dispute”. He added that he was “trying to help” in the matter.

Curro began her journalistic career as a broadcaster and presenter for Channel Ten in 1988, before working for Nine as a reporter and then moving to ABC in 2005.

Hanson's 'Please explain' response was met by Curro with a raised eyebrow, and was later mocked by viewers.  But it became a cult fragment.

Hanson's 'Please explain' response was met by Curro with a raised eyebrow, and was later mocked by viewers.  But it became a cult fragment.

Hanson’s ‘Please explain’ response was met by Curro with a raised eyebrow, and was later mocked by viewers. But it became a cult fragment.

Curro was a popular presenter and reporter for the Nueve and Diez channels.

Curro was a popular presenter and reporter for the Nueve and Diez channels.

Curro was a popular presenter and reporter for the Nueve and Diez channels.

She returned to Ten as an occasional host of The Project in 2011.

Since then he has worked for Sustainability Victoria, SHK Executive Recruiter, then for Ambulance Victoria.

He was also a board member of Ovarian Cancer Australia and remains a member of the wartime Victoria Shrine of Remembrance.

Her LinkedIn profile, which lists her as living in Melbourne, says she is currently on a “career break”.

Curro declined to comment on the alleged assault but will face a Queensland court over the matter.

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