‘ I won’t desert Pauline’
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 told The Sunday Telegraph that Mr Georgiou was “equally as upset as Brian” and was looking at all his options.
“His chances of being reelected are not all that great and I know he is unhappy,” one crossbench senator said.
But a spokesman for Mr Georgiou denied the claim, saying he would stand by his embattled party leader Pauline Hanson.
A senior National Party MP told The Sunday Telegraph there had been no formal approach from the Nationals.
However, he did not rule out the possibility.
Former One Nation senator Rod Culleton said he was also aware that his estranged brother-in-law was considering defecting to the Coalition.
“I have heard about him jumping ship,” Mr Culleton, who is married to Mr Georgiou’s sister Ioanna, said.