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One Nation Senate Candidate Quits Over Stripper Remarks

One Nation senate candidate Steve Dickson has quit after footage of him inside a strip club went public.  

Mr Dickson is a former Liberal MP for Kawana and Buderim on the Sunshine Coast and has now offered his resignation to Party leader Pauline Hanson.  

The footage, released by A Current Affair, shows him groping dancers and making disparaging comments about a woman in a Washington DC strip club.

The 56-year-old released a statement to Nine's Today Show which read that his wife is standing by him and he is "deeply remorseful for my disrespectful comments towards women".

"I found the footage difficult to watch as my words and actions under intoxication and in that environment, are not a true reflection of myself," the statement continued.  

Pauline Hanson has called an early morning press conference at her property in Queensland.  She is speaking right now.  

She told media, having watched the vision on A Current Affair on Monday night, "I am both shocked and disappointed at the vision I forced myself to watch".

Ms Hanson said other people she spoke to who also saw the footage felt "discomfort".

She made it clear that the vision was secretly captured by Al Jazeera in the US in 2018.  She accused Al Jazeera of sitting on the footage for over seven months and conveniently handed the tapes to A Current Affair three weeks out from the Federal Election.  

But Ms Hanson said, if they had approached her months ago, she would have been taking the same action then that she is now.

"I have always spoken very highly of Steve Dickson but the footage I saw last night cannot be ignored or condoned, I am both the mother of three boys and the only female leader of a political party in this country, I wouldn't tolerate my own children behaving this way towards women and I cannot and will not condone my own candidates dealing with women in this fashion either.

She added that she is aware that strip clubs are a legal business and that many men have visited one, just like women hire strippers for hen's nights.  "But Steve's language and behaviour was unacceptable and does not meet my expectations nor the greater public's expectations of a person who is standing for public office" she said.  

She confirmed that "Steve Dickson yesterday offered his resignation from all positions within the party, which I have accepted".  

The Al Jazeera sting revealed the party sought support from pro-gun groups and floated watering down Australia's gun laws.

By Michelle Price