Brian Burston levels sexual harassment allegations at One Nation leader Pauline Hanson – Politics
Two former Senate colleagues are engaged in a war of words, with the United Australia Party’s Brian Burston levelling sexual harassment allegations at One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.
- Brian Burston has accused Pauline Hanson of propositioning him numerous times
- Senator Hanson denied the allegations, saying “she’s not that desperate”
- Senator Burston spectacularly quit One Nation after a prolonged feud with Senator Hanson last year
Senator Burston has made a series of claims in The Daily Telegraph about Senator Hanson’s behaviour towards him over the course of the last two decades, alleging she had acted inappropriately towards him numerous times.
He told the newspaper of one incident in which he alleged Senator Hanson “rubbed her fingers up my spine” in 1998, and also claimed she had propositioned him on a number of occasions after his election to Parliament in 2016.
Senator Hanson responded to the claims on Sky News on Wednesday night.
“I can’t stop laughing about it,” she said.
“I’m 64 … but I tell you what, I’m not that desperate.”
Senator Burston spectacularly quit One Nation after a prolonged feud with Senator Hanson last year, with a dispute over the party’s position on company tax cuts appearing to be the final straw.
He joined controversial businessman Clive Palmer’s renewed political venture, the United Australia Party (UAP), shortly after.
The New South Wales senator is the only representative of the UAP in Federal Parliament, and is up for re-election at the next poll.
The ABC has contacted both Senator Hanson and Senator Burston for comment.