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One Nation one down in WA as state MP quits party over ‘frustrations’

WA upper house MP Charles Smith, one of only three Pauline Hanson’s One Nation politicians in State Parliament, has quit the party citing “a long line of frustrations”.

Mr Smith, who represents the East Metropolitan Region, gave a brief statement to the Legislative Council at 9.45 on Tuesday night, signalling his intention to sit as an independent.

Former Pauline Hanson's One Nation MP Charles Smith, who announced he was quitting the party on Tuesday night.

Former Pauline Hanson’s One Nation MP Charles Smith, who announced he was quitting the party on Tuesday night.Credit:Facebook

“Today is the end of a long line of frustrations for me and, Madam President, I advise the house that I have resigned from One Nation and I stand as an independent member,” he said.

The first-term MP did not elaborate on those frustrations and could not be contacted for comment on Tuesday night after his resignation.

It is understood there have been tensions between Mr Smith and his One Nation parliamentary colleagues since last year.

He was elected in the 2017 state election along with WA One Nation leader Colin Tincknell and Mining and Pastoral Region MP Robin Scott.

Mr Tincknell declined to comment on Mr Smith’s resignation on Tuesday night.

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