Pauline Hanson Fires Back At Sex Harassment Claim
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.
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.
One Nation Senators Pauline Hanson and Brian Burston in 2016
Meanwhile Senator Brian Burston and One Nation adviser James Ashby have been involved in an altercation at Parliament House in Canberra.
The Australian newspaper published images showing the pair in a physical clash on Wednesday night, after Senator Burston had earlier accused One Nation leader Pauline Hanson of sexually harassing him.
Senator Burston told News Corp Australia Mr Ashby ran up to him as he and his wife were leaving a dinner function and Mr Ashby put a phone close to his face.
An image supplied by Senator Burston appeared to show his hand with blood on it from cuts the senator said happened when he tried to grab Mr Ashby's phone.
""I told him to f*** off," Senator Burston told News Corp, adding that he tried unsuccessfully to grab the phone. Senator Burston said Mr Ashby pursued him and his wife.
"I lost it," the senator said.
"I grabbed him and I pushed him up against the wall." Senator Burston said he had reported the incident to Australian Federal Police.
He denied involvement with bloody marks that were found on Ms Hanson's office door.
Mr Ashby said the senator's claims were false and he had been trying to take images of Senator Hanson leaving the same function when Senator Burston attacked him.
Senator Hanson had in parliament on Tuesday accused an unnamed senator of sexually harassing at least six staff, and using taxpayer funds for payouts to keep some of the women silent.