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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…]

Abbott Announces Medicare Plus Deal With Senate Independents

The Health Minister, Tony Abbott, has secured passage of his MedicarePlus package through the Senate, following a deal with four senators.

The deal with Senators Brian Harradine, Len Harris (One Nation), Shayne Murphy (ex-ALP) and Meg Lees (ex-Democrats) gives the government the 4 additional votes it needs to pass the legislation 39-37.

Amongst other measures, the deal involves a reduction in the level of the annual threshold for concession card holders. It also provides for incentives for bulk-billing doctors in non-metropolian areas and Tasmania. Harradine and Murphy both represent Tasmania. [Read more…]

One Nation In Crisis

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party is in crisis following a week of turmoil. The current problems began with the sacking of Mrs. Heather Hill by One Nation’s Queensland Senator, Len Harris.

Senator Len Harris, One Nation (Qld)Mrs. Hill was originally elected to the Senate at the 1998 federal election, but lost the seat after the High Court ruled that she was ineligible because of her British citizenship.

Harris was appointed to fill the position earlier this year and has since employed Hill on his staff.

The sacking followed Hill’s criticisms of One Nation financial management and her support of 5 One Nation members of the Queensland Parliament who have sought to register a new party name. One Nation had been deregistered as a political party earlier this year.

It is believed that Pauline Hanson will take up the vacant position on Senator Harris’s staff when she returns from overseas.

Meanwhile, the neophyte party is wracked by internal dissension as David Ettridge, Daivd Oldfield and Hanson fight off the reformers.