Senate President strips Parliament House pass from Pauline Hanson’s chief of staff
The Senate has stripped Pauline Hanson’s chief of staff James Ashby of his parliamentary pass and banned him from entering the building following an altercation with a senator.
- James Ashby and Senator Brian Burston were involved in a bloody dispute inside the building
- Senator Burston has launched legal action against Mr Ashby, including seeking a restraining order
- Senator Burston admits it was his blood smeared across Senator Hanson’s door
Mr Ashby became involved in a scuffle with Brian Burston inside Parliament House, leaving the senator with an injured hand.
Senator Burston has launched legal action against Mr Ashby, including seeking a restraining order, and reported the incident to the Australian Federal Police.
Senator Burston quit One Nation last year after a prolonged feud with Senator Hanson.
Senate President Scott Ryan announced the ban late in the afternoon, having announced an investigation into the matter earlier in the day.
The announcement prompted Senator Burston to confirm blood that had appeared on Senator Hanson’s office door earlier in the day was his.
“Whilst I do not recall the incident of blood on the door, I now have come to the conclusion that it was myself, and I sincerely apologise for that action,” he told the Senate.
The ABC contacted Mr Ashby but he refused to comment.
Mr Ashby and Senator Burston had been attending a function at Parliament House prior to their dispute in the foyer of the building.
Footage of the incident emerged, but Senator Burston said it failed to depict the full incident.
It came after a bitter war of words had broken out between Senator Hanson and Senator Burston.
Earlier in the week, Senator Hanson, speaking in the Parliament, said an unnamed, married, male senator was the subject of a serious sexual harassment investigation.
Senator Burston told News Corp that he believed she was talking about him and strenuously denied the accusations.
He then accused Senator Hanson of sexual harrasement, which she dismissed as “retaliation” and said she “can’t stop laughing about it”.