Australian Senate candidate Steve Dickson quits over strip club videos

Pauline Hanson and Steve Dickson

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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson (l) has criticised her previous candidate Steve Dickson.

An Australian Senate prospect at the centre of a weapon control debate has actually resigned from his celebration after footage emerged of him touching dancers and making sexist remarks at a strip club.

The videos of Steve Dickson, of the anti-Islam One Country celebration, were recorded in the United States in 2015 and broadcast on Australian TELEVISION on Monday.

Mr Dickson, who had actually been the small party’s leader in Queensland, apologised for his actions.

Australia will hold an election in May.

In the videos, Mr Dickson can be seen touching dancers and making bad comments about Asian females inside the club in Washington DC.

On Tuesday, he stated he was “deeply remorseful” which “the video footage shown does not reflect the person I am”.

One Country leader Pauline Hanson accepted his resignation, describing his behaviour as “undesirable”.

Nevertheless, Mr Dickson’s name will stay on ballot documents for the 18 May election since it is too late for celebrations to announce brand-new prospects.

Weapon controversy

Mr Dickson was involved in a scandal last month when secret recordings, made by media organisation Al Jazeera, revealed him and another senior party authorities apparently seeking political donations from US pro-gun groups.

MPs throughout the political spectrum revealed issues that a person Nation may be looking for to water down Australia’s stringent control laws, presented after a mass shooting in Tasmania in 1996 killed 35 individuals.

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Ms Hanson, however, has actually rejected that her celebration is seeking to soften weapon laws. One Country won four seats in the 2016 election but it has actually given that been pestered by defections and infighting.

The video broadcast by Australia’s 9 Network on Monday was tape-recorded during Al Jazeera’s examination. It stated Nine had actually used the video footage without its consent.

Ms Hanson criticised the timing of the video’s release so close to the election, however stated Mr Dickson’s actions “can not be disregarded or condoned”.

Last month, Mr Dickson accused Al Jazeera of “interfering” with Australian politics by utilizing an Australian journalist to discreetly record him in the US.

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