SYDNEY (Reuters) – The chief of Australia’s right-wing One Nation occasion, Pauline Hanson, mentioned on Tuesday one in every of her senate candidates has resigned from the occasion after footage emerged displaying him making derogatory feedback and touching a dancer in a U.S. strip membership.
The resignation, lower than a month earlier than a common election, threatens to additional erode assist for One Nation, which has seen voters abandon it after a collection of scandals.
Hanson mentioned Steve Dickson supplied his resignation after an Australian channel aired footage from an undercover investigation by the Al Jazeera community that confirmed him placing cash right into a dancer’s lingerie whereas speaking in disparagingly phrases.
“Steve’s language and conduct was unacceptable and doesn’t meet my expectations nor the higher public’s expectations of an individual who’s standing for public workplace,” Hanson instructed reporters.
Dickson has apologized for the incident in a press release. He mentioned he was drunk.
Professor of political science at Flinders College, Haydon Manning, mentioned Dickson was one in every of One Nation’s best-known candidates.
“This video provides to the image that the occasion is in disarray and can damage its assist,” Manning mentioned.
One Nation’s troubles might intensify a battle for the right-wing vote amongst small events and independents difficult the conservative Liberal and Nationwide events.
A Newspoll for the Australian newspaper on Monday confirmed One Nation heading in the right direction to win simply four % of the first vote within the Might 18 election, half of its anticipated tally a month earlier.
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