Pauline Hanson is preparing to front the media over a scandal engulfing her One Nation
Senator Hanson is also facing serious questions of her own after appearing to insinuate the 1996 Port Arthur massacre was a government conspiracy.
Hidden camera footage, released by Al Jazeera as part of an undercover operation, showed her saying she had “a lot of questions” about Port Arthur.
“An MP said it would actually take a massacre in Tasmania to change the gun laws in Australia,” Senator Hanson told Al Jazeera reporter Rodger Muller.
“Haven’t you heard that? Have a look at it. It was said on the floor of parliament.
“I’ve read a lot and I have read the book on it, Port Arthur. A lot of questions there.”
Walter Mikac, whose wife and two daughters were killed during the 1996 massacre, said her comments were like “a dagger in the heart.”
“We have really reached a low in political life in Australia.”
Labor MP Brian Mitchell, who represents Port Arthur, said Hanson “is not fit to represent the Australian public in the Senate … or anywhere”.
The footage has been released after another of Al Jazeera’s videos showed Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson and Hanson’s chief of staff James Ashby speaking to the undercover reporter about potential donations.
The men claim they were “on the sauce” when the conversation took place, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison said being drunk was no excuse.
He urged Australians to abandon the conservative minor party.
“Being drunk is no excuse for trading away Australia’s gun laws to foreign bidders,” Mr Morrison told reporters on Wednesday.
In Al Jazeera’s footage, Mr Dickson says One Nation could get the government “by the balls” through holding the balance of power in both houses if they could get millions in funding.
That would allow them to weaken Australia’s gun laws, a point they raised with powerful lobby groups in Washington DC, including the National Rifle Association.
The One Nation leader has been suffering from a tick bite on her face for the past