Pauline Hanson Finally Responds To NRA Guns Scandal
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson says she is "shocked" by a documentary that exposed senior party officials meeting with the NRA and seeking donations to change Australian gun laws.
Hanson, who has been absent from the public spotlight since the scandal broke on Tuesday morning, finally tweeted on Wednesday -- more than 30 hours after the Al Jazeera investigation was shared online.
The documentary, which One Nation claims presents edited and out-of-context quotes from Hanson staffer James Ashby and the party's Queensland leader Steve Dickson captured on hidden camera, appears to show the pair in the USA meeting with the country's powerful gun lobby. Dickson and Ashby are caught discussing how a $20 million donation could help the party "own" federal politics.
Ashby and Dickson gave a remarkable press conference on Tuesday where they blamed the conversation on being "on the sauce" after drinking scotch, and accused the Al Jazeera journalist of being a "spy" who employed "James Bond" techniques.
Hanson, who was reportedly sick on Tuesday, tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that she was "disgusted" with the "hit piece".
The New Daily reported Hanson's absence from the explosive press conference on Tuesday was due to her being bitten on the face by a tick.
Earlier on Wednesday, One Nation candidate Malcolm Roberts -- a former senator who was disqualified from parliament due to his dual citizenship -- tried to wave away the explosive documentary by claiming it was "entrapment" and a "One Nation stitch-up."
"Let's be very clear, conversations about donations by Steve and James were hypothetical and done between three blokes in a bar after beers and scotches," he wrote on Facebook.
"The #FakeNews media won't tell you the obvious truth."
The One Nation officials featuring in the documentary earlier defended their meeting with the NRA, with Ashby claiming they had only visited the gun group to learn campaigning and social media tactics.
"This was about sourcing technology, sourcing an understanding of how they operate, but never was it about seeking $20 million from the NRA," Ashby claimed.
"And the conversations that have been recorded where there is talk of 10-20 million dollars, I will be the first to admit, we'd arrived in America, we got on the sauce, we'd had a few drinks and that's where those discussions took place".
Dickson claimed the pair had been drinking scotch with the journalist Rodger Muller after landing in America, when the comments were made.
"I'm going to apologise to the people of Australia for some of the things that Rodger Muller has taped me saying when we were having a few drinks at the bar at our local hotel," he said.