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Controversial Queensland senator Fraser Anning is seeking to expand his political influence, with an application to register his own party.

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It would be called the Fraser Anning Conservative National Party or, for short, the Conservative Nationals, according to a notice from the Australian Electoral Commission.

The independent senator came under fire this week for his use of the generous travel allowances federal politicians have allowed themselves.

He claimed almost $3000 to go to a racist rally in Melbourne, and The Guardian reports he claimed last year for staying at his brother Harry’s pub in Babinda – despite offers of free accommodation from his sibling.

Harry Anning was not available for comment but a spokesman for the senator offered a response to questions.

“Senator Anning’s travel expenses falls within parliamentary entitlement requirements,” the statement says.

“He does not sit idle and through a combination of travel within Queensland and interstate, he represents the interests of his constituents.

“The Babinda State Hotel is a historic venue built in 1916, on both occasions it was the most appropriate venue to host events.”

Anning said earlier this week he would not repay $2852.80 he spent to get to the rally in Melbourne, which he said was about “Sudanese gangs” being out of hand.

The senator is concerned about there are African gangs operating in Queensland, but the state’s top cop says that’s not so.

Comment about the new party has been sought from the senator’s office.

Anning entered the Senate in 2017 to replace One Nation’s Malcolm Roberts who was ejected from the parliament due to being a British citizen at the time of his election.

While Anning was third on the One Nation ticket, he refused to join the party once he got to the Senate. He later joined Bob Katter’s Australian Party, before being booted out due to his views on race.

Anning sparked outrage when he called for a “final solution” to Australia’s “immigration problem”, which he said was a popular vote. The phrase “final solution” was the term used by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime to describe the mass killing of Jewish people.

– with AAP

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