Exclusive pictures have shed new light on a dramatic clash that rocked the quiet of Parliament’s majestic Marble Foyer last night.
The fight broke out between the shattered factions of One Nation, as Pauline Hanson’s Chief of Staff James Ashby faced off with turncoat Senator Brian Burston.
Mr Ashby says the images show the moments leading up to the scuffle, which was filmed on his mobile phone.
He claims they prove United Australia Party Senator Burston snatched his phone, before throwing it on the floor.
In one image, the former One Nation Senator can be seen holding a phone in his hand.
In a later image, Mr Ashby can be seen bending over to retrieve an item from the ground.
Mr Ashby then followed Senator Burston and his wife, Ros, filming the rest of the confrontation.
He can be heard on video asking Mrs Burston, “How do you feel about the sexual harassment cases?”
Senator Burston intervened by swatting Mr Ashby’s phone and saying, “Listen here, I’ll call the Federal Police”.
The encounter occurred after news surfaced that Senator Burston was accusing Senator Hanson of sexually harassing him twice.
He alleges on one occasion, she ran her finger down his spine while they on stage together at an event in 1998.
The One Nation leader told reporters this morning the allegations were lies.
“I think its retaliation and it’s a shame that this has happened in Parliament, it’s not what I wanted to see,” she said.
“He (Senator Burston) needs to get some anger management.”
Senator Burston’s office has released a statement, accusing Mr Ashby of an “unprovoked attack” – claiming the One Nation staffer set him up to look bad “for political purpose”.
“Brian Burston has reported the full matter to the Australian Federal Police and has commenced legal proceedings against James Ashby seeking a restraining order.”
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