The explosive new documentary How to Sell A Massacre reveals Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party planned to lobby the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) for up to $US20 million ($A28 million) in funding to roll back Australia’s gun control laws.
The two-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera, acquired for broadcast by the ABC, shows One Nation representatives discussed changing Australian laws banning automatic and semi-automatic weapons with members of the powerful US gun lobby and sought funding to help the party “own” Australia’s Federal Parliament.
The meetings by One Nation’s Queensland leader Steve Dickson and One Nation Chief of Staff James Ashby with officials from the NRA and other pro-gun groups in the US were covertly recorded by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit.
During a visit to Washington, DC, in September 2018, Mr Dickson told NRA members: “If we don’t change things, people are going to be looking at Australia and go ‘Well, it’s OK for them to go down the path of not having guns, it’s OK for them to go down that politically-correct path.’ And it’s like a poison – it will poison us all unless we stop it.”
Mr Ashby is recorded saying that securing $US20 million in donations to One Nation from pro-gun groups in the US would give the party greater parliamentary power in Australia: “If you had 20 [$US20 million], you would own the Lower House and the Upper House.”
One Nation and the NRA declined to respond to Al Jazeera about the findings in its documentary.
Al Jazeera documentary How To Sell A Massacre is on ABC TV on Tuesday 26 March and Thursday 28 March at 8pm.