Anning to start Conservative Nationals

Senator Fraser Anning registers Conservative National Party


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Queensland Senator Fraser Anning. Picture: AAP

Queensland Senator Fraser Anning. Picture: AAP

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Senator Fraser Anning is seeking to expand in the hard right-wing political space.

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Controversial Queensland senator Fraser Anning is seeking to expand in the hard right-wing political space with immigration changes on his mind.

The independent senator thinks Australia's immigration minister should be elected directly by the people, and separately from the rest of the government.

"Could that work, what do you reckon," he writes in an article.

Senator Anning had wondered last year how he would get re-elected, telling the media in November it would be hard because he wasn't so well known.

He's raised his profile significantly since then, flying business class to an extreme right wing rally in Melbourne, and dipping deep into taxpayer pockets for travel expenses.

He's now casting his net wide for conservative voters, registering his party as the Fraser Anning Conservative National Party or, for short, the Conservative Nationals.

The senator made headlines recently for spending almost $3000 to go to a hard right rally "to represent ordinary Australians who say we have had enough of that violent behaviour."

He was referring to migrant violence, not home-grown violence.

Senator Anning insists there is a problem with African gangs operating in Queensland although the state's top cop says that's not so.

The senator wants to change immigration laws, and throw out people who divorce after getting residency by marriage. He thinks a directly elected immigration minister would best do the job.

His use of taxpayer dollars was also questioned over staying last year at his brother Harry's pub in Babinda - despite offers of free accommodation from his sibling.

A spokesman for the senator said his boss was hardworking and his travel expenses fell within parliamentary entitlement requirements.

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

The senator has also defended his family travel costs, after it emerged he had claimed $19,000 from July to September 2018.

He said his wife travels with him because she is a volunteer in his office, so it is within the rules.

Senator Anning started with One Nation before falling out with Pauline Hanson.

He then joined Katter's Australian Party before being kicked out over what they described as his appeals to racism.

Acting opposition leader Penny Wong says she urges Australians to reject senator Anning’s extremist views at the election "under whatever name they are wrapped in".

"The real question is whether the Liberals and Nationals will preference him, as they have done with One Nation, or join Labor in putting extremists like him last," she said.

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