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Tuesday, 22 May, 2001, 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK
Pauline Hanson threatens to quit
Hanson in shopping mall
Hanson's party wants to halt Asian immigration
The leader of the anti-immigrant One Nation Party in Australia, Pauline Hanson, is threatening to quit over the selection of a candidate with links to an extreme right-wing group.


I'll stand on principle and I'll stand up for what I believe in

Pauline Hanson
Ms Hanson made the threat after party members in Western Australia state indicated that Graeme Campbell might be endorsed for a federal Senate seat.

"I'm prepared to walk away from the party," Ms Hanson said.

Her One Nation party campaigns on a platform of halting immigration, foreign aid programmes and ending welfare for Aborigines.

The party made a strong showing in elections in Western Australia and Queensland earlier this year, confounding critics who had written it off as a spent force.

'Standing on principle'

Mr Campbell is a former federal Labour MP who has links to the far right League of Rights.

He was expelled from the Labour Party for his views on issues such as free trade, immigration and Aborigines.

Chinese boatpeople in Australia
One Nation is opposed to the arrival of boatpeople
Ms Hanson has said he must choose between One Nation and the League of Rights, which she described as racist.

"I'll stand on principle and I'll stand up for what I believe in," she said. Mr Campbell has described her threat as "petulant" and said it could backfire.

He said her attitude had nothing to do with his politics, but was because she saw him as a threat.

His nomination for a Senate seat is due to be considered by the party's national executive.

Queensland Senator Ron Boswell was quoted as saying on ABC Online that Ms Hanson had lost control of her party.

Leadership rows and infighting badly damaged the party a few years ago.

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