So Rod Culleton didn’t please Party leader Pauline Hanson by ‘crossing the floor’ on a Backpacker’s Tax Bill. The headline reads: “Hanson angry at Culleton as MPs head home”. “Senators are leaving Canberra for the long summer break with tensions frayed in One Nation.
Leader Pauline Hanson is angry her colleague Rod Culleton would not support the party's position on the 15 per cent backpacker tax, instead siding with cross benchers Derryn Hinch (Victoria) and Jacqui Lambie (Tasmania). "I was so annoyed that Rod Culleton actually crossed the floor," she told Sky News.
In the end, Senator Culleton backed 13 per cent but the government won the day for its 15 per cent rate with support from the Greens and the three other One Nation senators…”
Pauline, I think the question you have to ask yourself is this:
Did the people who voted for Rod Culleton vote for him to represent their interests and the interests of West Australia first – or did they vote for him expecting him to ‘toe the party line’ even though it meant going against that which was in that State’s interest?
Might the electors have been naïve enough to think the Senator was in the Senate – the House of Review - to represent the interests of West Australia and West Australians?
Careful Pauline, party politics have been the ruination of this nation for far too long.
Pauline did recognise the circumstances were different in West Australia to Queensland and New South Wales where the third Senator hails from.
AAP reported: “The West Australian senator has likened himself to a sailor, insisting he will be tacking his way through parliament.”
Source: Jennifer Rajca, Australian Associated Press