One Nation Removed Candidate Because He Was Too Old, A Couple Claims

Senator Pauline Hanson sacked Mr McLean who is 87 as a candidate in the West Australian election because she felt he was “too old” to run for parliament, former One Nation Party’s branch founders Ron McLean and Marye Louise Daniels claim.

Senator Hanson told him he was too old to be a candidate, as he would “be 91 when the term is finished”, Ron McLean said.

Mr McLean, 87, had reprised his role as One Nation’s WA branch president in December, but was sacked last month and removed from the party’s ticket for the Legislative Council. His 79-year-old wife was also removed as secretary.

Mr McLean has now filed proceedings with the Equal Opportunity Commission.

The couple’s Perth-based lawyer, John Hammond, told a press conference One Nation had breached its constitution in dealings with Mr McLean and Ms Daniels.

“To say that Ron is too old to be number three on the One Nation ticket is abhorrent,” Mr Hammond said.