One Nation leader forced to resign over strip club scandal

Publish Date
Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 10:49AM
One Nation's Queensland leader Steve Dickson in the video. Photo / Twitter, Channel 9
One Nation's Queensland leader Steve Dickson in the video. Photo / Twitter, Channel 9

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has stormed off from a press conference after her Queensland leader was forced to resign over leaked strip club footage.

One Nation's Queensland leader Steve Dickson has been caught in a video in a US strip club appearing to grope and proposition exotic dancers and making racist remarks.

The married 56-year-old says at one point, "I've done more Asian than I know what to do with".

He resigned over the footage.

In the video, 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.

Speaking to reporters from her home, Hanson said she was "both shocked and disappointed at the vision I was forced to watch".

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," Hanson said.

The press conference quickly turned heated when Hanson was again asked about Steve Dickson previously being caught on camera trying to get funds from the NRA.

The former Queensland leader and Hanson's chief of staff James Ashby were exposed in an Al Jazeera investigation earlier this year by an undercover journalist posing as an NRA lobbyist.

"Sorry. They were not talking to the NRA. That was to the Al Jazeera journalist. Sorry. You're wrong," Hanson said.

As the reporter attempted to tell Hanson she "couldn't argue" her candidate had tried to get funding from the NRA for her party, the One Nation leader stormed off.

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