‘That was the first time she hit on me’
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has been accused of sexually harassing a senator after she said he’d done the same to at least six staff in his office during his term of parliament.
As a result of the claims, Senator Brian Burston and One Nation adviser James Ashby have clashed this evening in a heated confrontation at Parliament House.
Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party MP Brian Burston outed himself on Wednesday, as the unnamed senator and the man accused by Ms Hanson of sexual harassment.
Ms Hanson accused an unnamed senator of harassing women, and alleged taxpayer funds were used for payouts to keep some of them silent.
Mr Burston told News Corp Australia there was “no doubt” Ms Hanson had been referring to him when she used parliamentary privilege on Tuesday. “It’s all bulls***. This is a woman scorned,” he told News Corp.
“One of the reasons I left One Nation was because of the sexual harassment.” Mr Burston told News Corp that Ms Hanson’s advances over two decades had played a part in his decision to quit the party last year and join Mr Palmer’s party.
“Right back when we (One Nation) had our first One Nation AGM at the Rooty Hill RSL (in 1998), that was the first time she hit on me,” he said, of the unwanted attention.
He claimed she “rubbed her fingers up my spine” while listening to the national anthem and she’d propositioned him since elected in 2016 at her home in Queensland and Canberra.
But Ms Hanson denied all claims.
“I wouldn’t go near him with a barge pole,” she said.