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Pauline Hanson denies controversial Port Arthur comments

Pauline Hanson has strongly denied recordings implicating her and senior officials in an Al Jazeera documentary, calling it “heaving edited”.

The three-year sting caught Ms Hanson’s chief of staff James Ashby and One Nation’s Queensland leader Steve Dickson meeting with US gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, for donations and campaign strategy.

A secret video shows Ms Hanson questioning if the Port Arthur massacre was actually a government conspiracy.

But she says her comments were taken out of context.

“There is no question in my mind that Martin Bryant was the only person responsible for the murders of 35 innocent lives.”

She says she has never sought donations from the NRA and insists “One Nation will never water down gun policy in this country”.

Mayor of Tasman Council Kelly Spaulding tells Ben Fordham he found Ms Hanson’s comments in the video “very disappointing”.

“It’s very clear what happened, I mean the case is prosecuted and it’s just devastating to keep bringing it up, time after time, with conspiracy theories.”

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CEO of the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation Lesley Podesta tells Ben Fordham political leaders have a responsibility to families of the Port Arthur massacre.

“I’m glad to hear she has accepted reality.”

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