One Nation defection denied
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