One Na­tion de­fec­tion de­nied

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - AN­NIKA SMETHURST

PAULINE Han­son’s last re­main­ing se­na­tor Pe­ter Ge­or­giou has de­nied spec­u­la­tion he is con­sid­er­ing join­ing the Na­tional Party.

The con­tro­ver­sial One Na­tion leader has been left with just two votes in the Se­nate af­ter NSW se­na­tor Brian Burston de­fied her by vow­ing to vote for the Coali­tion’s com­pany tax cut pack­age.

Cross­bench sen­a­tors said Se­na­tor Ge­or­giou was “equally as up­set as Brian” and was look­ing at all his op­tions. “His chances of be­ing re-elected are not all that great and I know he is un­happy,” one cross­bench se­na­tor said.

But a spokesper­son for Se­na­tor Ge­or­giou de­nied the claim say­ing he would stand by his em­bat­tled leader.

A se­nior Na­tional Party MP said there had been no for­mal ap­proach from the Na­tion­als but wouldn’t rule out a move.

It comes as Lib­eral Democrats se­na­tor David Ley­on­hjelm said he would be “sur­prised” if con­tro­ver­sial for­mer La­bor leader Mark Latham agreed to join One Na­tion af­ter he was ap­proached as a po­ten­tial can­di­date to re­place Se­na­tor Burston.

Ge­or­giou and Han­son

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