One Nation leader absent during closing week of byelection campaign for a seat where the party’s preferences will determine the outcome

Pauline Hanson is out of Australia on holiday in the final week of the Longman byelection as her candidate faces fresh controversy over a damages claim against his tiling company and the apparent sale of the company to an Irish novice labourer, two years after the man had left Australia.

The conservative commentator and Sky News broadcaster Andrew Bolt said on Monday night he had spoken to Hanson, who is on holiday in Ireland. A party spokesman told Sky News Hanson had withdrawn from the hustings because of exhaustion. Hanson told the Courier-Mail that she booked the holiday in February because she was worn out.

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