James Ashby caught on tape: “I will deny I ever said this"

PAULINE Hanson's right-hand man James Ashby suggested an apparent plan to turn the looming Queensland election into a cash cow for the party by duping candidates and the state's Electoral Commission, an explosive recording reveals.

The recording, obtained exclusively by The Courier-Mail, reveals a conversation understood to have taken place late last year during a meeting at which Senator Hanson was also present.

During that conversation Mr Ashby - Senator Hanson's chief-of-staff - tells the meeting how he thinks they could make money out of the state election including by selling items purchased for the campaign to candidates at inflated prices.

"There is an opportunity for us to make some money on this if we play this smart," Mr Ashby can be heard telling the meeting.

"I will deny I ever said this but what stops us from getting a middle man or gracing … I am happy to grace in cash, double the price of whatever it is.

Read more at the Courier-Mail.

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