14 June 2018Hot off the Press
Brian Burston will quit Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party and sit as an independent Senator, following a bitter feud with Senator Hanson last month.
The One Nation leader accused Senator Burston of “stabbing her in the back” by agreeing to vote for the Government’s proposed company tax cuts.
One Nation had previously struck a deal with the Government to support the cuts, but backed out. Senator Burston intends to honour the original deal.
Senator Hanson also alleged that Senator Burston was trying to defect to other political parties, and called on him to resign from Parliament.
Instead, Senator Burston will remain in the Senate as an independent.
“It has become clear to me that my relationship with Senator Hanson is irrevocable,” Senator Burston said. “The best way forward for me to represent the best interests of the constituents of New South Wales with honour and integrity is for me to resign from the party.”
Senator Burston has been critical of Senator Hanson’s level of control over the party.
“There is no democracy in the party — every single decision made is made by Pauline Hanson, and if you don’t agree, then you’re gone,” he said.
One Nation has now lost three Senators over the last 18 months, after Rod Culleton and Malcolm Roberts were both disqualified by the High Court relating to bankruptcy and dual citizenship respectively.
Senator Fraser Anning, who replaced Mr Roberts, quickly defected to Bob Katter’s Australian Party.
Only Senator Peter Georgiou, who replaced Mr Culleton, remains loyal to Senator Hanson.