Senator Defects From One Nation Just An Hour After Being Sworn In

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One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson has been rocked by Fraser Anning's decision to defect from the party, just minutes before being sworn in as a senator.

One Nation Senator Fraser Anning was sworn in this morning, but was escorted into the chamber by Senators Cory Bernardi and David Leyonhjelm, rather than his party colleagues as tradition dictates.

Senator Anning was sworn in to replace Malcolm Roberts, who was ruled ineligible to serve in parliament due to his British dual citizenship.

More telling however, in Hanson's statement, is the apparent jostling for position already underway before Anning - third on One Nation's Queensland senate ticket and thus next in line after Roberts, despite receiving just 19 primary vote - was handed the $200,000 a year job that runs until 2019.

Senator Leyonhjelm's office said in a statement he had "vouched for new One Nation senator Fraser Anning in the chamber this morning, in the company of Senator Bernardi".

Anning then walked out of the meeting.

Senator Hanson is now touring Queensland ahead of the November 25 state election on her "Battler Bus".

He said he had tried to bring his staff into the party room meeting but was denied and "verbally attacked" during the meeting, The Guardian reported.

'I haven't seen that one mate but it probably comes back to your 50 Shades of Grey type, ' he said on Friday.

Senator Hanson was noticeably absent when Senator Anning was sworn in to replace Mr Roberts.

"It seems that without even contacting me, Pauline has unilaterally kicked me out of her party", he said.

It is understood Senator Hanson and Senator Anning only spoke of their differences this morning, with suggestions he had declined to take her calls earlier.

Ms Hanson accused former employees of dumped senator Malcolm Roberts of 'encouraging him to move to Corey Bernardi's party'. "Instead he chose to release scathing media releases demanding I pledge my support to him without even meeting or speaking to him", Hanson said. "I have to say that I'm stunned".

There was an attempt at mediation by the two other One Nation senators, but that failed.

A Queensland One Nation candidate for the seat of Thuringowa in Townsville has confirmed he is the owner of an adult shop that posted an inappropriate reference to domestic violence on Facebook.

She said before Roberts came under the citizenship cloud she had asked Anning to contest the state seat of Gladstone, but he dismissed the request on the grounds he and his wife were moving permanently to the US.

When Senator Hanson asked senators Burston and Georgiou to mediate with Senator Anning they were told he had made a decision to become an independent.

Asked if Anning might join the Liberal Democrats Leyonhjelm said he had not spoken to him about that.

Anning says he discovered he was an independent on TV.

Roberts is running for a seat in the Queensland election.

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