Hanson storms off after fiery clash with media
ONE Nation leader Pauline Hanson has stormed from a press conference after answering questions about her Queensland leader being forced to resign over leaked strip club footage.
One Nation's Queensland leader Steve Dickson handed in his resignation late last night after he was caught on camera in a lewd video in a US strip club appearing to grope and proposition exotic dancers and make racist remarks.
In the footage aired by A Current Affair last night, the married 56-year-old says at one point, "I've done more Asian than I know what to do with".
Speaking to reporters from her home this morning, Ms Hanson said she was "both shocked and disappointed at the vision I was forced to watch".
Ms Hanson said Al Jazeera had "conveniently" given the tapes to A Current Affair less than three weeks out from the federal election but she was unable to "ignore or condone" the footage.
"I am both a mother of three boys and the only female leader of a political party in this country. I wouldn't tolerate my own children behaving this way towards women," Ms Hanson said.
The press conference quickly turned heated when Ms Hanson was asked about Mr Dickson already being embroiled in a scandal from a month ago - when he was caught on camera trying to get funds from the NRA.
"Sorry. They were not talking to the NRA. That was to the Al Jazeera journalist. Sorry. You're wrong," Ms Hanson said.
As the reporter attempted to tell Ms Hanson she "couldn't argue" her candidate had tried to get funding from the NRA for her party, the One Nation leader stormed off.
One Nation's NSW leader Mark Latham briefly addressed his colleague's resignation on Sunrise this morning.
"He has no future in politics anymore and Pauline Hanson has made that crystal clear. There is not much more you can say about it, is there? It is pretty clear cut," he said.
Before walking away, Ms Hanson described Mr Dickson as a "family man" and said he was "deeply upset" about being caught visiting a strip club.
"I'm not going to judge him any further. It is a family matter. I never got involved with Barnaby Joyce's issue, or Cheryl Kernow, or the other politicians. And don't forget that Kevin Rudd himself visited a strip club," Ms Hanson told reporters.
Mr Dickson has since released a statement over the footage, apologising for his behaviour and saying it was not a "true reflection" of him.
"The footage shown does not reflect the person I am. It shows a person who was drunk and not in control of his actions and I take full responsibility for allowing that to happen," Mr Dickson said.
He said he had immediately told his wife Debbie the day after he visited the strip club in September 2018 and admitted he had "little recollection of the night".
Mrs Dickson is standing by her husband.
"I am deeply remorseful for the hurt that I have caused her, my family and the people that support me," Mr Dickson said.
"I am also deeply remorseful for my disrespectful comments towards women."
DICKSON CAUGHT IN LEAKED STRIP CLUB FOOTAGE
In the footage, Mr Dickson appears to continually grope a stripper's breasts, places one-dollar notes inside her G-string and remarks about one of the girls, "Now that young lady has a wonderful set of cahoonas".
The footage, secretly filmed in a Washington club by broadcaster Al Jazeera, was screened on Channel 9's A Current Affair, which broadcast it for the first time.
In the video, Mr Dickson says: "Mate I haven't been to one of these for a long time."
After that he says, "you know what's good about this?" and then makes a remark about seeing "titty".
One dancer, in whose G-string beneath the table he appears to be planting dollar notes while he whispers in her ear exclaims, "he's so demanding … he says you haven't touched my ****".
Mr Dickson remarks: "I am going to give her my address. She can come and *** me."
He says of one dancer, "she's ******* beautiful".
As he leaves the club, Mr Dickson yells at the women, "Australia … you are beautiful, stunning".
The scandal comes after he was filmed secretly by the same undercover Al Jazeera crew discussing guns with the American gun lobby.
Following release of that footage, Ms Hanson described Ms Dickson as a family man and "a "friend".
Mr Dickson, 56, is a former Liberal MP for the Queensland electorates of Kawana and Buderim, on the Sunshine Coast.
He served as sports, national parks and racing minister for former Queensland premier Campbell Newman between 2012 and 2015.