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TONY ABBOTT, M.P.

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WARRINGAH

PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH AFFAIRS

 

August 11, 1998

 

MEDIA RELEASE

TONY ABBOTT MP

 

ONE (DICTATOR’S) NATION

 

Last night’s Four Corners programme exp osed the complete absence of democracy inside the One Nation movement.

 

Pauline Hanson’s statement that the party had been set up in such a way that she could never be removed as president shows that One Nation is not a democracy but a dictatorship. National Director David Ettridge’s statement that the branches were quarantined in a separate organization to be removed if necessary and that all office bearers have to sign undated resignation letters shows Hanson’ contempt for her supporters. One Nation’s "members" are no better than polling booth fodder. They can’t elect office bearers and they don’t control pre-selections.

 

Yesterday, Hanson Svengali David Oldfield announced that the NSW Senate team had been chosen but would not reveal who the candidates were nor who had preselected them. Australian politics has not witnessed such a bizarre performance since the “faceless men” episode of the 1960s. It’s little wonder that an entire One Nation branch has reportedly gone over to the National Party.

 

Australians will never tolerate would-be dictators or leaders who won’t answer to their followers. The more people see of the undemocratic shambles inside One Nation and the Two David’s obvious attempts to manipulate Hanson, the more worried they will be about the prospects of One Nation gaining further power.

 

Statement issued by Tony Abbott. For more call 02 9977 6411 or 0419 000 650.

 

 

KD