Pauline Hanson has refused to answer questions about her political organisation, threatening to call her solicitors and saying, "I'll have you for defamation".
BuzzFeed News asked the former MP questions about her fast-growing Facebook page "Pauline Hanson's Please Explain", and her recent appearances on Australia's biggest morning television shows in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.
When asked how many paid employees worked for the Facebook page or her political party, One Nation, and whether controversial media adviser James Ashby was her chief of staff, Hanson said she was "incensed", and threatened to sue for defamation.
Ashby is a controversial figure in Australian politics and was one of the main actors in the "Slippergate" scandal.
He worked as a former adviser to then Federal Speaker Peter Slipper, who he accused of sexual harassment, a controversy that nearly brought down the former Labor government. Ashby dropped his case in June 2014.
BuzzFeed News spoke to Ashby who confirmed he works with Hanson.
"I make no bones about that I'm working with Pauline," he said over the phone.
When asked whether that includes paid employment he replied, "I'm affiliated with her, yes."
Hanson has been thrust back into the national spotlight recently, appearing on Channel 9 chat show The Verdict and on Sunday's Today Show in the wake of the Paris attacks. That interview went viral on the show's Facebook page.
Less than 24 hours after the attacks, Hanson was calling for the government to stop immigration from Syria and set up a royal commission into Islam.
According to Channel 7, Hanson is being paid by Sunrise.
"She's a semi-regular, paid contributor," said Sunrise executive producer Michael Pell over email.
"We canvass a range of views on Sunrise."
These paid appearances on morning television are clearly important to Hanson, who regularly uses the Sunrise branding in her political messaging, including the header image on her Facebook page.
Hanson's page has added more than 7,500 new followers in the past week, a jump of 16%. Today she announced another One Nation candidate for next year's federal election.
Hanson herself will be standing for the senate in Queensland.
The politician told BuzzFeed News the public doesn't have the right to know how many people she had working for One Nation.
"It is not the public's business to know who is working for me, who is on staff, paid positions or not and I'm not going to answer these questions because they're not asked of other political parties. I have never ever seen that written up about other political parties," she said.
"I am absolutely incensed by your questions to me."
Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
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