Pauline Hanson furious as Fraser Anning abandons One Nation


One Nation leader and Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson has announced Malcolm Robert's replacement, Fraser Anning has abandoned the Party to stand as an independent "until something else comes along".

The senator was third on One Nation's Queensland senate ticket behind Ms Hanson and Mr Roberts, but received only 77 personal votes, The Australian reported.

The One Nation leader says she asked Anning about standing in Queensland state election before the whole Roberts saga unfolded, but he was planning to move to the US permanently.

Hanson said Anning didn't even plan to stay in Australia before being elected.

This morning at 10am, Anning was officially sworn in as a senator.

He has since defected to sit as an independent.Given the circumstances, Senator Bernardi and myself decided it would be fitting to walk him down the aisle.Welcome to parliament, Senator.

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".

Senator Hanson wasn't there and the two other One Nation senators - Brian Burston (NSW) and Peter Georgiou (WA) - watched from their seats.

In Yeppoon yesterday, Senator Hanson demanded a casino be built on Great Keppel Island, off Rockhampton, in exchange for One Nation's support in any balance of power negotiations. "I'm not just going to be on the sidelines", she said.

However, eyebrows were raised when he was accompanied into the chamber not by Hanson or any of his One Nation colleagues, but by Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm and Cory Bernardi.

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

Senator Hanson refused four of Senator Anning's new staff access to a party room meeting on Monday morning because of what she described as their "disloyalty", which led to Senator Anning walking out of the meeting. "I have to say that I'm stunned".

The so-called One Nation "battler bus" has been touring regional Queensland since Monday. Over the past 20 years, of the 26 One Nation politicians elected in state or federal politics, 16 have quit, or been expelled from the party.

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

Senator Fraser Anning reads the oath of office as he is sworn-in in the Senate chamber on Monday.

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.

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