Former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, is alleged to have written a personal dedication to One Nation’s Pauline Hanson in a copy of his autobiography My Awakening.
An Echonetdaily reader recently found the handwritten note in a copy of the book in a second hand bookshop in Ballina and supplied photos of the dedication.
The dedication read ‘To a true Patriot and National Hero Mrs Pauline Hansen [sic] July, 1999. David Duke. With best wishes for success and Victory!’
When Echonetdaily contacted Hanson’s office they said they had never heard of it before and pointed out that ‘Hansen’ was spelt incorrectly.
Jim Savage, candidate for Lockyer, said he was certain this was not a legitimate dedication and that he didn’t need to speak to Hanson to confirm that.
‘He’s part of an extremist right wing, racist group. We include all colours and peoples. He’s a white supremacist, he’s the opposite to us. We are all one, hence the name One Nation.’
Another LNP figure defects
Meanwhile another former Liberal National Party member has joined One Nation in Queensland, saying her policies put voters first.
Former Logan MP Michael Pucci has joined the Hanson team as campaign director for the Queensland election.
He follows sitting MP Steve Dickson and former MPs Sam Cox and Neil Symes from the LNP to the more conservative One Nation, which is preparing to stand candidates in most seats.
The LNP’s Queensland president Gary Spence says Mr Pucci’s decision has come out of the blue.
‘It is disappointing and somewhat surprising considering that quite recently Mr Pucci was seeking LNP pre-selection for a seat at the upcoming election,’ Mr Spence has told ABC radio.
Mr Pucci, who served a single term for the LNP before losing his seat to Labor at the last election, has told The Courier-Mail he bears no ill will towards the LNP.
‘It’s just that I think for me One Nation’s policies and how they are going about putting the people of Queensland first, is something I thought that I could help with.’
– with AAP