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One Nation exposed as frauds over NRA meeting: Government

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Resources Minister Matt Canavan says One Nation officials have been exposed as “absolute frauds” after being caught talking about receiving $US20 million from the American gun lobby.

 

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The pair have were recorded meeting with pro-gun groups in the US, including the powerful National Rifle Association.

Canavan said the revelations were “remarkable”.

“You have a party called One Nation, going to anther nation, to try and influence our nation’s laws. This has exposed One Nation as absolute frauds,” he told Sky News today.

“They are fraudulently putting themselves out as somehow patriotic Australians while they fly around to other nations, somehow trying to undermine our country and our nation.”

The coalition is under pressure to encourage Australians to make One Nation their last preference at the upcoming federal election.

But Canavan said the development doesn’t change his view that party preferences should be decided at a local level.

“I don’t give a stuff about our preferences. I think it’s a complete red herring, this whole discussion,” he said.

In footage from Al Jazeera, Dickson is recorded as saying that with enough funding, One Nation would get the balance of power and have control over the government, to be able to weaken Australia’s gun laws.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lashed out at One Nation for considering selling off Australia’s gun laws.

“If you were ever wondering why you shouldn’t be voting One Nation, there’s a pretty good reason,” he told reporters yesterday.

Ashby said they only spoke with undercover Al Jazeera reporter Rodger Muller about the potential $US20 million in donations.

“We’d arrived in America, we got on the sauce, we’d had a few drinks and that’s where those discussions took place, not with any potential donors, no one but Rodger Muller, Steve Dickson and myself,” he told reporters.

Muller posed as the head of fake lobby group Guns Rights Australia, which was set up by Al Jazeera, and initiated the One Nation meetings with the NRA.

Ashby said it was deliberate set up by the Qatari government and “skulduggery at its worst”.

Dickson and Ashby met with the NRA and Koch Industries – America’s second largest privately held company and major conservative political donor.

The party insists it “strongly supports the rights of lawful gun ownership” and claims Al Jazeera targeted it because of its policies on restricting immigration.

-AAP

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