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 Hitching a ride on One Nation’s tailcoat

12.06.19. WA Upper House One Nation MP Charles Smith, a first-termer, has quit the party to sit as an independent. Don’t you just like these turncoat bastards that hitch a ride to the trough of plenty on the tailcoat of One Nation? If Smith had a modicum of decency (in a politician?) he would resign from parliament completely. Perhaps it is time One Nation has candidates enter into a contract to cover the return of campaign expenses plus an amount to keep opportunists somewhat honest?
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party has been hit by another MP defection, with one of its three West Australian parliamentarians quitting to sit as an independent.

Source: ABC

Western Australian MP Charles Smith quits One Nation over ‘frustrations’

The Upper House of WA’s parliament was told on Tuesday night that first-term East Metropolitan MP Charles Smith would quit the party amid what he said was his “frustration” with One Nation.
He made a brief statement in parliament: “Today is the end of a long line of frustrations for me and, Madam President, I advise the house that I have resigned from One Nation and I stand as an independent member”.
He’s the fourth of six One Nation members ever elected to WA Parliament to quit the party, with all three of those elected in 2001 defecting before their terms expired in 2005.
In federal parliament, the party has also had elected members Brian Burston, Fraser Anning and Rod Culleton all leave the party after having been elected through One Nation in recent years.
Relations between Mr Smith and the party’s WA leader Colin Tincknell are understood to have been strained for some time, leading up to the MP’s decision to quit.
Mr Smith was elected with Mr Tincknell and Robin Scott amid a surge in One Nation support at the 2017 state election.
That gave the party a powerful crossbench position in WA’s Legislative Council, holding three of the 36 spots in the chamber.
Mr Smith’s resignation will dilute that influence significantly.
The Government needs the support of the Greens and at least one other member to get legislation through the Upper House.

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  • seadogger 12/06/2019, 7:19 am

    Having just worked “handing out flyers” at a prepoll site for ON it is evident to me that greater scrutiny of candidates is certainly required.
    The ON vote in my electorate fell by 5% from 20 to 15% with same candidate both times. Whilst this fellow is a decent bloke his current employment does not allow him to do long term grassroots lectioneering in his electorate.
    The Party need to recruit better.

  • Popular Front 12/06/2019, 7:42 am

    A striped tie over a checked shirt? Definitely not old boy.

    • Lorraine 12/06/2019, 8:21 am

      yes that’s a no no.

  • Albert 12/06/2019, 8:42 am

    I believe there are two problems here. First is that these defectors purposely used ON to reach their intended goal and secondly, they had no intention of staying with ON because they wanted to run their own agenda which was contrary to ON nations goals. It is not good but it does show that these grubby individuals have no principles at all.
    I think the editors comment that ON should make all candidates sign a contract to reimburse the cost of getting them into parliament should they want to defect is not only a good one but a must.

    • TommyGun 12/06/2019, 4:05 pm

      Yes; they should be penalized big time if they recant their loyalty after winning a seat.

  • Finn 12/06/2019, 8:45 am

    Mr T.

    T for treachery

    From the top to the base, Has there ever been a country/state Like Australia for political backstabbing, Night knifings, treachery, and disloyalty. It is so common now that no one is surprised and everyone expects it

  • TheBagMan 12/06/2019, 9:43 am

    ON should have all candidates make a Statutory Declaration that should they be elected to any State or Federal position if they resign from the party they must also resign from the elected position. If a House of Reps position this would trigger a by-election to give the electors another choice and if a Senate position ON could at least nominate a replacement and retain their numbers.

  • Aktosplatz 12/06/2019, 1:43 pm

    I cannot stand disloyalty in politics. That’s why I hate LINOs, who, once voted in, change to reveal their true colours. It’s not only disloyal to betray the party leader, but there is a betrayal of the voters who put them there.

    This Creep, Smith, is one of the Disloyal, and I feel for Pauline Hanson who has been betrayed many times over. Smith has betrayed the One Nation Supporters who voted for him. I hope they hound him down and make his life a misery ( politically) and make sure he is booted out at the next opposrtunity.

    If need be, pay a PI and do some dirt digging (for free advice, speak to the Turnbulls and the Stick Insect).

  • Bazza 12/06/2019, 2:04 pm

    Pauline Hanson needs to take a long, cold hard look at her ‘advisors’, Ashby in particular. Why is it that so many of her candidates resign or have ‘problems’ with the Party hierarchy? There is something very rotten there which needs to be addressed if ON are to survive.

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