An August 2019 episode of A Current Affair in which One Nation senator Pauline Hanson climbed Uluru is back in the headlines after it was revealed Nine paid for flights and accommodation.
Independent news site The Klaxon reports that Parliamentary disclosure documents show Hanson confirmed flights x 2 and 2 x nights accommodation for two people was provided by Nine to visit Uluru from 19 – 22 August last year. According to the report she was joined by chief of staff James Ashby.
Climbing the sacred site was closed to tourists last October, after Hanson campaigned vigorously against the ban.
Last year A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw told viewers the program “did not pay senator Hanson, and the visit was not our idea”. But it also declined to state who paid for the trip.
Parks Australia said that although Hanson had met senior members of the Anangu community she did not meet with its board of management.
In March Hanson dropped her regular gig on Sunrise after being challenged on-air by David Koch, while Today dropped her as a “regular contributor”, after insulting comments around residents of public housing in Melbourne lockdown.
Nine declined to comment.
Additional source: The Guardian