New One Nation senator quits party minutes before being sworn in

13 November, 2017, 11:39 | Author: Leticia Walters
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The chamber now comprises 29 coalition senators, 26 Labor, nine Greens, three One Nation, three Nick Xenophon Team, as well as Jacqui Lambie, Lucy Gichuhi, Derryn Hinch, David Leyonhjelm, Cory Bernardi and Senator Anning.

Today she's writing a new chapter with the defection the party's newest senator, Fraser Anning, the Queenslander meant to replace Malcolm Roberts, who was ousted by the High Court for being a dual national, a problem that had its own freaky twists and turns.

"Fraser Anning has abandoned the party to stand as an independent", Senator Hanson wrote in a statement on Facebook.

One Nation is committing more than $1 billion to the projects, Mr Dickson says are "vital to the future development for the Coast".

"I indicated to Harry Anning at the time, that given the work Malcolm Roberts had achieved as chair of the banking inquiry and his role in challenging climate change, it would be in the federal party's and Australia's best interest for Malcolm Roberts to be returned to the Senate".

Senator Hanson is now touring Queensland ahead of the November 25 state election on her "Battler Bus". The staffers had formerly worked for Roberts and she would not have them at the meeting "because of their disloyalty to their former employer and myself".

He states that departure didn't constitute as a defection in his mind, and that "the next thing I knew, I saw on the TV that I had supposedly become an independent".

The setback for Hanson comes as One Nation's vote is apparently surging in the Queensland election.

"It seems that without even contacting me, Pauline has unilaterally kicked me out of her party", he said.

According to the statement Pauline Hanson "believes previous employees of Malcolm Roberts made contact with Mr Anning several months ago, encouraging him to move to Cory Bernardi's party should Malcolm Roberts lose his seat".

'Instead he chose to release scathing media releases demanding I pledge my support to him without even meeting or speaking to him, ' Ms Hanson said. "I have to say I'm stunned".

Fraser Anning said "I know where this is going" and stood up and walked out of the room.

There was an attempt at mediation by the two other One Nation senators, but that failed.

The so-called One Nation "battler bus" has been touring regional Queensland since Monday.

Hanson said she tried to mediate and "find some common ground" but then Anning said he would stand as an independent.

The two One Nation Senators in the chamber did not appear to congratulate their new colleague, instead shaking hands with the new Greens Senators sworn in today.

Anning is just another log on the One Nation fire.

Asked if Anning might join the Liberal Democrats Leyonhjelm said he had not spoken to him about that.

He was angry the anonymous staffer had been talking to then plain Mr Anning, a Queensland publican who gained just 17 votes personally in the 2016 election.

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