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AustraliaOne Nation 'sought pro-gun funding' in hidden camera sting

03:30  26 march  2019
03:30  26 march  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Senior members of One Nation have appealed to the US's National Rifle Association (NRA) for millions of dollars to swing the Australian election to them.

A hidden camera investigation from Al Jazeera showed One Nation chief-of-staff James Ashby and Queensland leader Steve Dickson appealing to US gun lobbyists for campaign money.

Mr Ashby was caught on camera telling an undercover Al Jazeera journalist of the power of money in Australian politics.

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A senior member of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation has has been caught trying to secure millions of dollars from the US pro - gun lobby, according to They also said they did not secure any funding from any US lobby groups. “I’m going to apologise to the people of Australia for some of the things Rodger

Senior One Nation figures James Ashby and Steve Dickson have been caught seeking millions of dollars of The revelations are contained in an al-Jazeera investigation which used hidden cameras and a journalist Ashby and Dickson met with senior NRA officials to discuss funding , gun laws and

One Nation 'sought pro-gun funding' in hidden camera sting © Al Jazeera One Nation chief-of-staff was filmed appealing for millions of dollars to sway the Australian election.

"We would win potentially the balance of power if we win two seats in the lower house," Mr Ashby said.

"I reckon we could do that with two million dollars.

"If you had 20 (million dollars) you would own the lower house and the upper house."

Mr Dickson and Mr Ashby were in Washington DC to meet with members of the gun lobby.

"If we could get that sort of money, imagine, we could change Australia," Mr Dickson said.

"You'd have the whole government by the balls."

One Nation 'sought pro-gun funding' in hidden camera sting © AAP The NRA has an enormous influence in maintaining America's famously lax gun laws.

The NRA is a multi-million dollar lobby group that holds enormous sway on American politics.

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An al-Jazeera journalist posing as pro - gun campaigner has secretly filmed senior party figures in the US seeking financial support to help One Nation seize the balance of power. Support The Guardian. Available for everyone, funded by readers.

According to a report by Reuters, Australia's nationalist One Nation party allegedly sought millions of dollars from the US gun lobby and discussed

As a consequence of the NRA's influence, no meaningful gun control legislation has been enacted by Congress in decades.

Attorney-General Christian Porter would not be drawn on whether Mr Ashby and Mr Dickson broke the law by reaching out to the US gun lobby for money.

"I don't want to comment about what provisions or laws or regulations may or may not have been broken," Mr Porter told Today.

"I need a lot more information than that."

One Nation 'sought pro-gun funding' in hidden camera sting © AAP The NRA spends millions of dollars on US elections.

Mr Porter sang the praises of Australian gun regulations.

"When the Howard Government had to respond to the Port Arthur massacre, they brought in gun laws that we would argue are the best and most stringent of any laws in the world," he said.

"Gun laws that are being copied now in New Zealand."

One Nation has many policies to liberalise gun laws in Australia.

The party issued a response earlier this morning.

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Secret recordings of senior One Nation figures reveal the party wanted millions of dollars in political donations from America's National Rifle Association and discussed softening its policies on gun ownership as it tried to secure the funding . Key points

The One Nation members caught on hidden camera talking about getting million from the American gun lobby say they were set up by a Middle Eastern spy and were He also says in one clip that with millions of dollars in funding the party would have Australia's government "by the balls".

"Al Jazeera are a state owned propaganda arm of the Qatari government that supports Islamic extremist groups and are not a legitimate media organisation," the statement said.

"One Nation was invited by Rodger Muller, who has now been outed as a foreign agent working for Al Jazeera to meet with the NRA, American business leaders and attend the Congressional Sportsman’s Dinner.

"One Nation has asked Al Jazeera to show complete transparency and release the full context of conversations. The matter has been referred to ASIO and the Australian Federal Police due to concerns of foreign interference into Australian politics in the lead up to the imminent federal election.

"It is understood One Nation were targeted because of its strong approach to reducing immigration numbers and a travel ban on countries with terrorism links.

"One Nation strongly supports the rights of lawful gun ownership within Australia and have clearly outlined our policy on our website.

"One Nation members have always complied with the law."

A statement from Labor frontbenchers Mark Dreyfus and Clare O'Neil tied the One Nation news to the Coalition's preferences in the upcoming election.

"Today’s shocking revelations that One Nation have courted US gun-rights lobby the National Rifle Association to help achieve their aim of watering down Australia’s world-leading gun laws are yet more reason – if one were needed – to put One Nation last," the two said.

"One Nation’s race baiting rhetoric wasn’t enough for Scott Morrison to put One Nation last – surely now, a line has been crossed."

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It comes after Al Jazeera broadcast its undercover investigation exposing recordings of members of Australia's One Nation party asking American pro-gun groups for money to help relax gun control. One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson and chief-of-staff James Ashby travelled to the U.S. on a fundraising mission in September last year and were filmed saying they could 'change Australia' if given money. 1/4 SLIDES © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson (left) and chief-of-staff James Ashby (right) travelled to the U.S.

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