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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…]

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…]

Pauline Hanson Jailed For Three Years For Electoral Fraud

Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge have both been found guilty of electoral fraud charges and jailed for three years.

Hanson, 49, and Ettridge, 58, pleaded not guilty to fraudulently registering One Nation in Queensland on December 4, 1997. Hanson also pleaded not guilty to dishonestly obtaining nearly $500,000 in electoral funding after the 1998 Queensland state election.

After deliberating for nine hours, a Brisbane District Court jury found the pair guilty on all counts.

Judge Patsy Wolfe made no recommendation for parole. [Read more…]

Hanson And Ettridge Committed For Trial

Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge have been committed for trial on electoral fraud charges relating to the registration of One Nation in 1997.

Hanson protested her innoncence and called on the public to attend the trial and judge for themselves.

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Tony Abbott On One Nation’s Structure

For the second day running, the Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Tony Abbott, has used Parliament to attack “the real nature” of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party.

Mr. Abbott challenged the status of One Nation, its structure and its right to public funding.

Hansard, House of Representatives, July 2, 1998.

Mr ABBOTT (Warringah–Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs) (5.15 p.m.)–Over the past fortnight, questions have been raised in this House about the real nature of One Nation. Is it a party or is it a business? Is it a democracy or is it a dictatorship? Is it really an unstable political menage a trois linking the two Davids, D1 and D2, with an antipodean version of Eva Peron? One of the key questions is the fate of the $500,000 worth of taxpayers’ money to which it has always been assumed One Nation is entitled in the wake of the Queensland election result. To receive public funding, a party must be registered under
the relevant act. [Read more…]

Tony Abbott On One Nation

This is the Hansard transcript of Tony Abbott’s speech in the Adjournment Debate in the House of Representatives.

Adjournment Debate, Hansard, July 1, 1998.

Mr ABBOTT (Warringah–Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs) (7.05 p.m.)–As the member for Werriwa (Mr Latham) well knows, politics sometimes makes for odd bedfellows, and even the best of us get saddled with our own personal Judas. I do not judge the Labor Party by Mal Colston. Years ago it would have been quite improper to judge the Nationalist Party by T.J. Leahy, and the member for
Werriwa should not judge me by David Oldfield. [Read more…]