Pauline Hanson's One Nation 'battler bus' breaks down on highway outside Rockhampton

Pauline Hanson's One Nation 'battler bus' breaks down on highway outside Rockhampton

Pauline Hanson's One Nation 'battler bus' breaks down on highway outside Rockhampton

Only a couple of hours after One Nation announced that newly sworn-in Senator Fraser Anning had ditched the party to serve as an independent, the new pollie has utterly denied his former leader's turn of events.

Senator Anning was the replacement for dual citizen Malcolm Roberts who was dumped from the Senate by the High Court.

"Fraser Anning has abandoned the party to stand as an independent", Senator Hanson wrote in a statement on Facebook.

His departure caught Senator Hanson by surprise and underlined the instability of One Nation's federal team, despite what the party was saying publicly.

"Mr Anning was advised that David Goodridge, Leon Ashby, Richard Howard and Boston White were not welcome to this morning's party room meeting, because of their disloyalty to their former employer and myself", Hanson said.

Anning's defection means One Nation has lost three senators in just 16 months.

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'I haven't seen that one mate but it probably comes back to your 50 Shades of Grey type, ' he said on Friday.

Senator Hanson was conspicuously absent when senator Fraser Anning was sworn in to replace Malcolm Roberts today.

However, Anning now says he was "verbally attacked" over his staffers, and that the abuse was "so vitriolic that I was obliged to simply walk out".

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

There have been reports of strife between Senator Anning and One Nation and accusations the party asked him to stand aside to return Malcolm Roberts to the Senate. "Instead he chose to release scathing media releases demanding I pledge my support to him without even meeting or speaking to him", Hanson said.

There was an attempt at mediation by the two other One Nation senators, but that failed.

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And with fears of a resurgent One Nation ahead of the Queensland election, it's worth recalling that within a year of 11 PHON members being elected in 1998 had left the party and One Nation was deregistered in Queensland by August 1999.

Leyonhjelm said Anning told him on their way into the chamber that he wouldn't be sitting as a One Nation senator.

Senator Hanson's statement claims Mr Anning informed the party he would stand as an Independent only minutes before he was sworn into the Senate.

"Mr Anning dismissed the request on the grounds that he and his wife were determined to make a permanent move to the United States to join their two daughters and grandchildren, who own a business venture on the West Coast".

He was angry the anonymous staffer had been talking to then plain Mr Anning, a Queensland publican who gained just 17 votes personally in the 2016 election.

Anning says he discovered he was an independent on TV.

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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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