Australian voters have the right to know just how toxic One Nation needs to be for Coalition parties to refuse to preference them ahead of Labor and the Greens.
In the days since Christchurch senior Liberals and Nationals have repeatedly been asked if they would put One Nation last on how to vote cards across the country in view of its record on hate speech and racism. None has been willing to give a straight answer.
The preference issue has been front and centre ever since the events resulting from the online radicalisation of the alleged Christchurch shooter highlighted the dangerous impact hate speech, particularly from mainstream political sources, can have.
Hanson has been spreading this poison, targeting Asians and Muslims, since she first stood as a disendorsed Liberal candidate for Oxley in 1996.
Tuesday's reports her chief of staff, James Ashby, travelled to America in a bid to solicit millions and expertise from the National Rifle Association mark a new low.
While One Nation has said it supports the gun laws John Howard introduced in the wake of Port Arthur it is apparently willing to take money from foreign interests in exchange for undermining them.
It should be noted, for the record, that One Nation has downplayed the significance of the claims made on Al Jazeera and the ABC. It was a set up it said.
"Al Jazeera are a state-owned propaganda arm of the Qatari government....," One Nation said in a statement.
"(The party was) targeted because of its strong approach to reducing immigration numbers and a travel ban on countries with terrorism links."
One Nation said the fake gun activist used to set up the meetings in the US with NRA representatives was a "foreign agent".
"The matter has been referred to ASIO and the Australian Federal Police due to concerns of foreign interference into Australian politics in the lead-up to the imminent Federal election."
The NRA's interest in having Australia wind back its gun laws is obvious. The legislation, adopted with bipartisan support in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre which claimed 35 lives on April 28, 1996, is frequently cited by US gun control advocates as proof strong laws can be introduced and, once in place, actually work.
Scott Morrison's equivocation on One Nation preferences has not stopped former senior Liberals from saying putting the party below Labor and the Greens is the right thing to do.
"The question is not if you put One Nation last; the question is whether you put One Nation below Labor and, in my view, that should happen," retiring MP and former Foreign Affairs minister, Julie Bishop, said.
While Morrison's vigorous condemnation of the allegations One Nation was seeking $20 million from the NRA and its supporters just weeks before legislation banning foreign donations came into effect is to be welcomed, it falls short of the mark. He has an opportunity to make a strong statement by preferencing One Nation last.
Most Australians are proud to live in a country with low rates of gun crime. But the current strong position on gun ownership shouldn't be taken for granted, and there are forces that would like to see it change. Our leaders need to take every threat, however slight, that might lead to a watering down of these laws.