Election Funding Payments: 2004 Federal Election

This table shows the election funding payments made to political parties and candidates following the 2004 federal election.

A candidate or Senate needs four per cent of the primary vote to be eligible for election funding. The amount is calculated by multiplying the number of votes obtained by the current funding rate.

The funding rate for the 2004 election was 194.397 cents per House of Representatives and Senate vote.

Just under $42 million was distributed to parties and candidates. [Read more…]


Senator Len Harris – One Nation How-To-Vote

This is the One Nation Queensland how-to-vote card for the 2004 Federal Election.

Senator Len Harris was the sitting One Nation senator, seeking re-election to a second term. He had been appointed to the position in 1999, after the elected senator, Heather Hill, was disqualified under Section 44 if the Constitution for not renouncing her UK citizenship.

One Nation polled just 3.14% of the primary vote in the Queensland Senate election, a drop of 6.88% from the 2001 election. Harris served out the remainder of his term and left the Senate on June 30, 2005. [Read more…]


Crime Commission Finds No Impropriety In Pauline Hanson Prosecution

The Queensland Crime And Misconduct Commission has found that the prosecution of Pauline Hanson was conducted properly and without evidence of political pressure.

The CMC specifically exonerated federal Liberal minister Tony Abbott, saying his involvement “in events leading up to the institution of proceedings to deregister the party did not produce or constitute a failure of due process”.

Hanson and David Ettridge, co-founders of One Nation with David Oldfield, were convicted and jailed on fraud charges arising out of the registration of the party with the Queensland Electoral Commission in 1997. [Read more…]


Queensland Supreme Court Overturns Hanson, Ettridge Convictions

The Queensland Court of Appeal has overturned the convictions of Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge.

The One Nation founders were convicted in the District Court of Queensland on August 20, 2003 and sentenced to three years in jail.

The Court of Appeal heard the appeal yesterday and delivered judgment today.



Queensland Supreme Court Judgement In Hanson-Ettridge Appeal

This is the full Text of the Supreme Court Of Queensland judgement in relation to the appeal by Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge.

The court quashed the convictions and sentences. Hanson and Ettridge were released from jail as a result.

Supreme Court of Queensland judgement. [Read more…]


Extraordinary Interview: John Howard Quizzed On Abbott And One Nation

Prime Minister John Howard has had a willing encounter with an ABC interviewer who quizzed him over Tony Abbott’s involvement in the legal action against One Nation.

Howard appeared on the AM program. He was interviewed by Catherine McGrath.

Transcript of John Howard’s interview with Catherine McGrath on AM.

MCGRATH:

Mr Howard, good morning. Tony Abbott said last night that in 1998 he thought it was very important that the One Nation juggernaut, he called it, be stopped. Did you think that back then? [Read more…]


Abbott On Action Against Hanson: “I Was Acting Entirely On My Own”

This is the audio and transcript of Tony Abbott’s interview with Kerry O’Brien on The 7.30 Report on August 27, 2003.

It took place one week after Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge were found guilty of electoral fraud and sentenced to three years in jail.

Hanson and Ettridge were accused of falsely claiming that 500 members of a support movement were members of “Pauline Hanson’s One Nation”, enabling it to be registered as a political party and to claim electoral funding.

In August 2003, Tony Abbott was a cabinet minister in John Howard’s government. He was Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service. [Read more…]