Libs to preference One Nation below Labor

Minnie Murray
March 31, 2019

The first episode showed Ashby and Dickson meeting with officials from the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and other pro-gun groups in an attempt to land cash donations of up to US$20 million (AU$28 million).

Hidden camera footage, released by government-funded Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera as part of an undercover operation, showed Senator Hanson saying she had "a lot of questions" about Port Arthur.

Australia was rocked in 1996 when gunman Martin Bryant went on a rampage with semi-automatic weapons at the historic Tasmanian colonial convict site of Port Arthur.

Hanson confirmed her chief of staff James Ashby and lead Senate candidate for Queensland, Steve Dickson, would both remain.

They're joined by Guardian Australia's Gabrielle Chan.

Ashby and Dickson addressed the press in Brisbane on Tuesday, with Hanson's most-trusted adviser telling reporters he was "on the sauce" when the meetings were recorded in Washington DC last September.

"I never thought I'd see the day that the Liberal Party would preference the Labor Party and The Greens ahead of anybody, let alone One Nation".

"This is a decision which is based on our strong view about the sanctity of Australia's gun laws and to ensure that at no stage that those things should ever be put at risk", Morrison told reporters.

Labor leader Bill Shorten has repeatedly called for the prime minister to back up his condemnation of One Nation by putting them last on Liberal how-to-vote cards.

"Comments aired have been taken completely out of context".

Pauline Hanson has claimed One Nation is the victim of selective editing, entrapment and a "political attack" by al-Jazeera in co-ordination with the ABC, in her first public appearance since an explosive secretly filmed documentary was revealed.

"For the leader of an Australian political party - even one as repugnant as One Nation - to spread this rubbish is unbelievable".

Mr Morrison said he had consulted both with the party, and former Prime Minister John Howard before reaching his decision.

"There's a lot of competition as to who we should put last. and frankly I have always found the Greens to be a real serious danger to Australia", the PM said. You don't put a f***ing bundle of the s*** on the toast.

"Haven't you heard that?"

A year ago, nearly to the day, Abbott appeared at the launch of Hanson's book and asserted he would preference a "constructive" One Nation well above Labor and the Greens, who he would put dead last on the Liberals list. It was said on the floor of parliament. "A lot of questions there", Hansen added.

She also defended a government survey on the importance of shooting to Australia. "We now have One Nation questioning both 9/11, the terrorist attack on NY and the Port Arthur massacre", Joyce told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

"The comments. and the linkages to Port Arthur, I'm sure all Australians would be shocked about".

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