Wednesday 20th of January 2021



Lightning bolts are armed and ready to be hurled into the heart of One Nation, writes Sydney bureau chief and Ashbygate investigatorRoss Jones.

A PERFECT STORM is forming over One Nation.

Zeus is taking aim.

For starters, the party is riven with internal strife. Someone close to the top is leaking to the media, so now the whole world knows the fleecing of candidates merited, at a minimum, serious discussion. Head Office too is falling apart, with allegations of bullying and candidate intimidation. And more leaks.

Many Queensland candidates are having second thoughts and it is likely the party will limp to the Queensland elections, if it lasts that long, with only a rump of the currently listed candidates likely to be still standing on polling day.

The "if it lasts that long" proviso is because, as The Guardian says:

'The provenance and use of a plane by Pauline Hanson to campaign for One Nation is under investigation by the electoral commission.'

Back on 18 January 2017, in 'Pauline Hanson lying high: The strange case of James Ashby's aeroplane', Ibroke the story that the One Nation plane was actually James Ashby’s personal property.

We said at the time:

… something about that plane doesn’t smell right.

It stinks to high heaven.

The Electoral Commission obviously agrees. Last week it launched a formal enquiry, issuing notices under S316 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918,which requires One Nation to

... produce, within the period and in the manner specified in the notice, the documents or other things referred to in the notice; or,

appear, at a time and place specified in the notice, before the authorised officer to give evidence, either orally or in writing, and to produce the documents or other things referred to in the notice.

How that will go is anyone’s guess, but probably not well.

To make matters worse, on 23 May, the tip of a very threatening cumulonimbus, otherwise known as the "Ashbygate" cloud, peeked over the horizon.

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hansonite, hansonitism, hansonshit...

  • One thing you can say about Catty is that though she may be a redneck Hansonite at least shes consistent.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » I’m baaaaack.

  • Ultimately, as more news emerged that some of the Australian attacks were by neo-Hansonite skinheads, we were forced to finally cringe and confess there was a racist element.

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  • The febrile atmosphere of Indophobic abuse (not to forget the rising tide of Sinophobia and the perennial hatemongering against Moslems) being so carefully cultivated might be crazy from an economic and trade point of view, but if it delivers the votes of the Hansonite rabble so much the better. | Top Stories

  • Howard seemed to encourage Hansonite thinking with his attacks on political correctness as espoused by the so-called elites. - Comments

  • There is no support left in Australia for that Hansonite sentiment that came to the fore in the 1990s, "he said.

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trying to limit the damage of shooting herself in the foot...

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has succeeded in temporarily gagging former party treasurer Ian Nelson from making more secret recordings public.

Key points:
  • Injunction lodged seeking to stop the ABC broadcasting more covert recordings
  • Senator Hanson also sought an injunction against former party insider Ian Nelson
  • The court has issued an interim order restraining Mr Nelson


This morning legal representatives for Senator Hanson lodged an injunction in the NSW Supreme Court seeking to stop the ABC from broadcasting more covert material.

The injunction comes one week after the ABC's 7.30 program revealed a secretly recorded phone conversation between Senator Hanson and Mr Nelson where Senator Hanson appeared worried the alleged donation of a light aircraft would become public, months before it became a controversy.

Senator Hanson's legal representatives Peter Breen & Associates applied to the court for Ian Nelson and the ABC to be permanently stopped from "broadcasting, publishing, distributing, copying, using or dealing in any way with any recordings made by him of any telephone conversations" that concerns the business and affairs of One Nation.

Senator Hanson requested "…all recordings in the possession, custody or control" of either Ian Nelson and the ABC be delivered to her.

The One Nation leader also wants an inquiry to be held for unspecified financial damages to be paid by Ian Nelson and the ABC for the loss and damage caused by the disclosure of her confidential information.

At the hearing an interim order was made restraining Mr Nelson until the court returns next Tuesday.

However, the orders Senator Hanson sought against the ABC do not currently apply.

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glorious inappropriate association...

The auditor-general is considering a request to investigate how One Nation leader Pauline Hanson was involved in a federal funding announcement for a new stadium in central Queensland.

Senator Hanson unveiled a $23 million federal government grant for a new Rockhampton stadium alongside Liberal National Party MP and Northern Australia Minister Michelle Landry on September 14.

Attendees at the event said the One Nation leader spoke first, followed by Ms Landry, with local Liberal National Party candidate Tony Hopkins also involved.

However, the sitting state Labor MP for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke wasn’t invited to the event.

In a Facebook post, Senator Hanson said she had “secured $23 million from the federal government that will green-light the long-awaited Rocky Stadium”.

“This has taken almost two years to get the funding across the line, but following a dinner with the Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann last September, the project has been on their radar and I haven’t let up,” she wrote.

But Labor Senator Murray Watt accused One Nation and the LNP of using federal government grants as part of their campaign for the Queensland state election on October 31.



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