Pauline Hanson Defiant Over Guns Scandal
Pauline Hanson claims she and her One Nation colleagues are the victims of an elaborate stitch up, and has labelled the prime minister a fool for cutting her minor party adrift.
Senator Hanson has gone on the attack after appearing to suggest the Port Arthur massacre was a government conspiracy.
She is also digging in behind her chief of staff James Ashby and Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson, after they were caught talking about seeking donations from America's gun lobby.
Hidden camera footage by undercover Al Jazeera journalist Rodger Muller, who was posing as a gun advocate, appeared to show Senator Hanson questioning the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.
"An MP said it would actually take a massacre in Tasmania to change the gun laws in Australia," she said.
"I've read a lot and I have read the book on it, Port Arthur. A lot of questions there."
Senator Hanson said her remarks about Port Arthur were "heavily edited" and did not reflect her views on the mass shooting.
"There is no question in my mind that Martin Bryant was the only person responsible for the murders of 35 innocent lives," she told reporters in Brisbane on Thursday.
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The footage also appeared to show her staffers seeking foreign donations and discussing weakening Australia's gun laws.
Senator Hanson said both men made stupid comments "taken completely out of context", but claimed they were set up and deserved a second chance.
The men claim they were "on the sauce" when the conversations took place.
Her Port Arthur comments were the final straw for Scott Morrison, who declared the Liberals would preference One Nation below Labor at the federal election in May.
"Prime minister, you have just handed the keys to The Lodge to Bill Shorten, (Greens leader Richard) Di Natale and the CFMEU," Senator Hanson said.
"You're a fool."