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Prediction: James Ashby will be the death of One Nation!

Prediction: James Ashby will be the death of One Nation!

Even before yesterday’s dramatic arrival in the Senate chamber — without his party leader and erstwhile friend of two decades, Pauline Hanson — Anning had descended on Canberra with the dubious distinction of being elected with just 19 first-­preference votes, thought to be the lowest personal vote in history. That electoral quirk was spectacularly overshadowed as he burst through the Senate doors accompanied not by Senator Hanson but by David Leyonjhelm and Cory Bernardi.

Pauline Hanson is a shrewd lady. But, her selection of administrative men is strewn upon the roadside of double decade journey through politics. The presence of James Ashby in the party has lost too many votes to count. Ashby will repeat the party destruction we have all seen and now fear. What a bloody mess is Australian politics—fair dinkum!

Source: News Corp

Hanson defector Fraser Anning makes an entrance, sharp exit

Fraser Anning knows how to make an entrance.

The speed of his defection caught everyone off-guard, including his brother Harry, who was one of the 19 who had voted for him and had been the conduit between the senator-elect and Senator Hanson in recent weeks.

Harry Anning, a publican in Babinda, south of Cairns, had been fielding calls from Senator Hanson as she tried to reach Fraser while he was overseas. But Harry was unaware that Fraser was no longer a member of One Nation until informed by The Australian yesterday.

“I know he’s always been friends with Pauline, but I think the problem — in my opinion — is he doesn’t really get on with (her chief of staff) James Ashby, and James Ashby doesn’t like him,” Harry Anning said. “I think there might have been a little bit of trouble stirred up there and he’s just got sick of the hassle. I back my brother in everything, but the policies of One Nation, it sort of suited him.”

Indeed, the policies of One Nation have always suited Fraser Anning. In 1998, he stood as a One Nation candidate for the lower house division of Fairfax at that year’s federal election. ­Although unsuccessful, he had remained friends with Senator Hanson, and a supporter of the party — until yesterday morning.

He has described himself as a climate-change sceptic, has dubbed Islam an “ideology of hate’’ and, having grown up on a grazing property in north Queensland, says his focus in parliament will be to improve the lot of people in the regions.

There have been question marks over some of his business dealings. Senator Anning was facing bankruptcy action earlier this year that could have made him ineligible to sit in the Senate, but the case was withdrawn. Senator ­Anning yesterday told The Australian he had no ­intention of leaving One Nation until a meeting yesterday morning at which his friendship with Senator Hanson “went to hell in a handbasket”.

Each side blames the other for the disagreement, which arose after Senator Hanson told him at yesterday’s partyroom meeting that she was not prepared to work with his chief of staff, David Goodridge, and three other staffers. The four staffers had fallen out with Malcolm Roberts, who lost his Senate seat over his dual citizenship. He blamed excessive influence from Mr Ashby for Senator Hanson’s treatment of him, while the One Nation leader maintained that she was a “strong, independent person” who demanded his loyalty to her as leader.

Senator Hanson defended her treatment of Senator Anning, ­accusing him of being in thrall of disaffected ­former staff of Mr Roberts and of betraying the voters to whom he owes his Senate seat.

An hour later, Senator Hanson issued a statement announcing that Senator Anning had “abandoned” the party. Senator Anning said: “If I’m no longer a One Nation senator, it is because Pauline has expelled me by press release.”

He said he had arranged for One Nation senators Peter Georgiou and Brian Burston to escort him into the Senate chamber.

“At the last minute I gather that Pauline told them not to do so,” Senator Anning said. “Fortunately, I was able to ask my other friends, senators Leyonhjelm and Bernardi, to do so at short notice.”

Senator Leyonhjelm said he was aware Senator Anning had been “under pressure to resign” to make way for Mr Roberts to make a comeback, while Senator Bernardi said he had never spoken to Senator Anning before yesterday morning, but that his door was ­“always open” to discussions with like-minded people.

“If anyone shares our values and wants to have a discussion about joining the Australian Conservatives, of course I’ll have that conversation, but I’m not going to compromise what my values are or the vision I have for this party and the important role I think it can play nationally simply for some short-term advantage,” Senator Bernardi told Sky News.

Senator Anning said he would keep open the option of joining ­another party. While his defection is a blow for One Nation, which now has only three senators, Senator Hanson will still have the power to veto government bills if Labor and the Greens also oppose the legislation.

{ 28 comments… add one }
  • Cliff 14/11/2017, 7:11 am

    Oh dear…. if perception is as important as reality, (as seems to be the case in Australian politics since the emergence of Kevin Rudd), James Ashby, must , must, MUST go. He is perceived by many on the conservative side to be an ill-disguised Manchurian Candidate, and whether that’s true or not, he is a vote-losing, damaging factor that One Nation cannot afford if it hopes to succeed

    • Robert TG 14/11/2017, 8:37 am

      Pauline has terrible taste in men. She tends to pick persons who will betray her.

      • The Jeweller 14/11/2017, 7:39 pm

        And you think that to be an unusual trait in women …?

      • Joe Blogs 14/11/2017, 10:20 pm

        RTG, do you mean she has she hots for Trumble?

  • Aktosplatz 14/11/2017, 7:23 am

    Stability is essential for success. Instant and quick defections give the impression that the defector is self seeking.

    That’s what happened with The Palmer United Party.

    • Albert 14/11/2017, 7:48 am

      Akto, in Anning’s case, as I said yesterday, it was most certainly a self seeking exercise.

  • luk1955 14/11/2017, 7:27 am

    Clearly the party setup needs to go. Each MP should be their own party. That ‘s what the Constitution said. Parties are corrupted by egos and business and bankers. Parties do NOT represent the electorate in any way. The parties rob us of our representation and that is why they need to go. No one can argue with me on this issue.

    • Bushkid 14/11/2017, 7:40 am

      I find it difficult to disagree, luk1955.

      • Muphin 14/11/2017, 7:46 am

        Tick, luk1955, Bushkid.

        Although it would be nice if Malcolm Turnbull disappeared up his own glow, never to be seen again.

    • Peter Sandery 14/11/2017, 7:54 am

      Oh yes they can as I now shall L1955. Imagine your ‘druthers becoming a reality and we get 145 individualistic, ego driven MP’s who have nothing but their ego and the individualistic desires of their electorates on their minds, instead of the common good, how could they:-
      1. First elect a Speaker,
      2. Then a “Leader’
      Then agree on any policy likely to improve the living of the society which they are suppose to represent. For example, if you ask anyone if they want to pay taxes, they will say no – how then will your populist rabble fund such essential services as Law and Order and Defence?

      • Tom 14/11/2017, 9:10 am

        I’m with you, Peter.

    • Pensioner Pete 14/11/2017, 10:56 am

      luk1955: I see no fault in your assertion, because you are dead right. The political parties are nothing but a ‘business’, in the business of screwing the people, and they are bloody good at doing just that.

      • Neville 14/11/2017, 4:40 pm

        Have to agree. Parties sooner or later – but inevitably – by their nature cease to have the benefit of the electorate in mind, and only work on the “good of the party”.

  • Albert 14/11/2017, 7:46 am

    Yesterday Joe Blogs and I exchanged comments regarding Anning and Pauline and the next ‘dud’ stepping forward to fill the One Nation ranks. One person we did not mention was Ashby who from my point of view is not only behind all these terrible selections but is the destabilising factor that will destroy Pauline’s latest attempt to bring meaningful debate on matters that really mean something to the Aussie battlers.

  • Lorraine 14/11/2017, 8:03 am

    19 votes I think that is a joke. That he is now a Senator and paid a huge salary to denounce the Party he gained those 19 votes under

    • Robert TG 14/11/2017, 8:34 am

      The system is broken.

    • Crankykoala 14/11/2017, 9:18 am

      And, it was disappointing to see this “joke” escorted into the Senate by Cory Bernardi who had not even spoken to the man before “yesterday morning”.

      • Albert 14/11/2017, 12:11 pm

        Ck, I was hoping that it was just a case of Bernardi happening to be walking in at the same time – not together.

      • Neville 14/11/2017, 4:42 pm

        Inclined to agree with Albert – I would imagine that Bernardi performed the deed as a “formal” action, not necessarily because he agrees wholeheartedly with the selection.

      • Joe Blogs 14/11/2017, 5:11 pm

        It’d be because none of the churlish fools would do it. It’s a silly tradition but a tradition nonetheless, so those two blokes, having ruffled a few feathers in their own right, probably decided to just do the righty and get on with business.

    • Albert 14/11/2017, 12:17 pm

      Anning sitting in the Senate is not a joke, it is a travesty of justice that such a pretending fraud speaks for only 19 people in his electorate. Even the Goon Show couldn’t have come up with something as monumentally wrong as that.

      • Joe Blogs 14/11/2017, 12:27 pm

        Presuming he voted for himself, he received a landslide of votes from 18 family, friends and fools.

  • Jarrah 14/11/2017, 8:25 am

    Trough, swamp, the Canberra circus continues, the sanity of this country is at risk with these low life bastards.

  • Eliza 14/11/2017, 8:56 am

    Preferential voting is absolutely wrong but will never go as it is the pollies friend. As you all have said the majority of our pollies are in it for themselves first second and last.

    • Neville 14/11/2017, 4:46 pm

      Yes, time to have a long hard look at ‘approval voting’, instead of ‘preferential voting’. Still gets a result – probably the most appropriate, all other parameters considered – but has at least the laudable feature of the voters not having to indicate a preference (indeed, voters can show a full-on NON-preference) for a candidate they REALLY don’t wanna vote for.

  • Genazzano 14/11/2017, 1:44 pm

    James Ashby = Judas Iscariot

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