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Hanson Says Culleton 'Won't Tell The Honest Truth', Still Hasn't Phoned Her Since Quitting One Nation

The senators continue to air their dirty laundry.

19/12/2016 3:51 PM AEDT | Updated 19/12/2016 5:18 PM AEDT
Fairfax: Alex Ellinghausen
When friends become enemies.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson claims rogue senator Rod Culleton "has never been upfront" about the incident placing him in the High Court and has not called Hanson since he resigned from the party on Monday.

On Monday afternoon Hanson told media she had not spoken to Culleton since Friday when he asked her whether he should resign.

"He was asking for financial support. I said I cannot support you and I will not financially back you," Hanson said.

"He said 'do you want me to resign?' And I said yes."

Hanson said Culleton had misled her and other party members, including Malcolm Roberts, about his conviction in March -- which is currently before the High Court and could render him ineligible as a parliamentarian.

"Rod has never been up front. He tends to put a spin on a story and won't tell the honest truth," Hanson said

On Monday Culleton released a statement confirming his resignation. The former One Nation senator said he will continue his term as an independent senator for Western Australia.

Culleton is currently facing a number of legal battles, with one before the High Court.

On Monday morning, Culleton caused a stir in a legal hearing, refusing to enter the court room and demanding an adjournment in the Federal Court in Perth. The former One Nation senator claimed two people in the court room were breaching violence restraining orders which his wife had taken out.

Culleton addressed media on Monday afternoon, claiming "Hanson has tried to mow my grass" as "she's now diluting the [banking] royal commission".

"My allegiance is with the people who elected me. I'm not sticking with the ethos of One Nation," Culleton said.

Culleton told reporters he would continue to fight for a royal commission into the banking sector as an independent.



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