‘Gone Na­tion’ for Brian

Daily Mercury - - NATION -

ONE Na­tion’s NSW se­na­tor Brian Burston has quit the party af­ter a bit­ter war of words over his po­si­tion on com­pany tax cuts ended his po­lit­i­cal re­la­tion­ship with leader Pauline Han­son.

Se­na­tor Burston yes­ter­day con­firmed his res­ig­na­tion and plans to serve as an in­de­pen­dent, leav­ing One Na­tion with just two mem­bers.

But he’s also called on his for­mer party col­league Peter Ge­or­giou to “hon­our the deal” made with the Gov­ern­ment to pass com­pany tax cuts.

The Turnbull Gov­ern­ment will be work­ing to build its num­bers in the Up­per House to pass the leg­is­la­tion be­fore Par­lia­ment’s win­ter break at the end of this month.

“My fa­ther taught all us kids that once you shake hands with some­body – that’s it,” Se­na­tor Burston said. “I was sad­dened to be asked by Se­na­tor Han­son to re­sign from the party and the Se­nate for stick­ing to my word.”

He said the de­ci­sion was an­nounced with a heavy heart.

The party “should be called ‘Gone Na­tion’ in­stead of One Na­tion”, he told Fair­fax Me­dia, claim­ing Se­na­tor Han­son’s de­ci­sion-mak­ing style meant there was no democ­racy in the party.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turnbull said the Gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to con­vince cross­benchers to back the tax­cuts leg­is­la­tion, which­ever party they be­longed to.

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