In shocking undercover footage taken by an al-Jazeera journalist, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson appears to question the horrific Port Arthur massacre.
Martin Bryant was responsible for the senseless killing of 35 people at the Tasmanian historical site in 1996.
However, in the footage which also includes Hanson’s chief of staff James Ashby, Senator Hanson says:
“An MP said it would actually take a massacre in Tasmania to change the gun laws in Australia,”
“Haven’t you heard that?” Senator Hanson asks al-Jazeera reporter Rodger Muller, who was posing as a representative of a fake lobby group ‘Gun Rights Australia’
“Have a look at it. It was said on the floor of Parliament,” Senator Hanson says.
“That whole September 11 thing, too,” Mr Ashby says in the video, moments later.
“Those shots, they were precision shots. Check the number out,” Hanson says in the video.
The clip filmed by al-Jazeera, was released by the ABC.
“I’ve read a lot and I’ve read the book on it, Port Arthur. I read a book on it, on Port Arthur. A lot of questions there,” Senator Hanson says in the video.
Other footage released by Al-Jazeera shows Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson and Hanson’s chief of staff James Ashby speaking to the undercover reporter about potential donations.
The men claim they were “on the sauce” when the conversation took place, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison said being drunk was no excuse.
He urged Australians to abandon the conservative minor party.
“Being drunk is no excuse for trading away Australia’s gun laws to foreign bidders,” Mr Morrison told reporters on Wednesday.
In Al Jazeera’s footage, Mr Dickson says One Nation could get the government “by the balls” through holding the balance of power in both houses if they could get millions in funding.
That would allow them to weaken Australia’s gun laws, a point they raised with powerful lobby groups in Washington DC, including the National Rifle Association.
Senator Hanson broke her silence on Wednesday, saying she was shocked and disgusted with the “hit piece” by Qatari TV network Al Jazeera.
“A Qatari government organisation should not be targeting Australian political parties. This has been referred to ASIO,” she tweeted.
The One Nation leader has been suffering from a tick bite on her face for the past week, but is expected to go public on Thursday.
Labor leader Bill Shorten has repeated his assertion the prime minister needs to back up his condemnation of One Nation by putting them last on Liberal how-to-vote cards.
Mr Morrison has consistently said the Liberals will wait until final nominations before deciding on its preferences.
Mr Ashby said the pair spoke only with undercover Al Jazeera reporter Rodger Muller about the potential $US20 million in donations.
Mr Muller posed as the head of fake lobby group Guns Rights Australia and initiated the One Nation meetings with the NRA.
Mr Ashby accused Mr Muller, who is Australian, of being a “Middle Eastern spy”.