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One Nation Senator leaves One Nation on first day of job

One Nation Senator leaves One Nation on first day of job

Pauline Hanson's parliamentary clout and credibility has been dealt a blow with the defection from her One Nation party of a senator just hours after he was sworn in.

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 weird twists and turns.

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

She claimed that "Mr Anning made no attempt to contact me or any One Nation executive member off the back of multiple requests to discuss his future plans".

The One Nation leader, who was not aware of several inappropriate posts raised by the media, said she would not by disendorsing Mr Thornton.

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

It leaves One Nation with three senators and the government having to conduct separate negotiations on key legislation with Senator Anning.

In a statement Ms Hanson said she 'asked Senators Burston and Georgiou to mediate with Mr Anning to find some common ground, but they were informed Mr Anning would stand as an Independent only minutes before he was sworn into the Senate'.

Hanson claims that she was unable to speak to Anning before the High Court kicked Roberts out, and had to negotiate through his brother.

"This was news to me!".

But on his first day in office, it was revealed Senator Anning would be parting ways with One Nation.

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When Senator Hanson asked senators Burston and Georgiou to mediate with Senator Anning they were told he had made a decision to become an independent.

When Senator Hanson asked senators Burston and Georgiou to mediate with Senator Anning they were told he had chose to become an independent.

Today's fight appears to be over four of Anning's staffers because they used to work for Roberts.

Senator Anning then walked out of the meeting.

"Mr Anning was advised that David Goodridge, Leon Ashby, Richard Howard and Boston White were not welcome to this morning's Party room meeting, because of their disloyalty to their former employer and myself", Senator Hanson said, referring to staff members who had worked for once worked for Mr Roberts.

Leyonhjelm said Anning told him on their way into the chamber that he wouldn't be sitting as a One Nation senator.

But Senator Hanson said he had dismissed the request on the grounds he and his wife were moving to the U.S. to join their two daughters and grandchildren.

He had been aware of the tensions earlier but had been told by a One Nation senator at the weekend that all was well with Anning.

Senator Anning, who has been contacted for comment, is the second Senator to quit the party since it was swept to power in 2016.

Roberts is running for a seat in the Queensland election.


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