David Ettridge

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David Ettridge
Federal Vice President of
Pauline Hanson's One Nation
In office
11 April 1997 – 15 January 2000
Alongside David Oldfield
President Pauline Hanson
Preceded by Party Created; Office Established
Succeeded by John Fischer
Personal details
Born David William Ettridge
(1945-06-08) 8 June 1945 (age 72)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Citizenship Australian
Political party Independent (after 2002)
Other political
Pauline Hanson's One Nation (1997—2002)
Spouse(s) Ashley Were (m. 1962)
Children 3
Occupation Corporate fundraising director
(United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund)
(World Vision Australia)
Business marketing strategist
(Pauline Hanson's One Nation)
Profession Businessman
Website davidettridge.com

David William Ettridge (born 8 June 1945 in Adelaide, Australia) is an Australian businessman who co-founded Pauline Hanson's One Nation in 1997 with Pauline Hanson and David Oldfield.

Ettridge was One Nation's professional fundraiser and administered and marketed the One Nation party. Leading a small team he helped to set up 350 branches throughout Australia and admitted 18,000 members to the party.[1]

On 20 August 2003, a jury from the District Court of Queensland convicted Hanson and Ettridge of electoral fraud and the Chief Judge sentenced both to three years without parole for fraudulently registering the One Nation Party. Prosecutors had alleged that the use of a list of 500 paid-up members of a One Nation supporters group as members for the purpose of registering the party had been fraudulent. A police report which advised the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions that no offence had been committed was never revealed by the Crown and DPP.[2] However, on 6 November 2003, the Queensland Court of Appeal quashed both convictions and Ettridge and Hanson were released from jail.[3] In 2004, Ettridge published a book regarding the fraud conviction and acquittal.[1][4]

Following an extensive Queensland Fraud Squad investigation, the Queensland Police advised the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions that no offence had been committed.

Ettridge used his own money for his legal defense, on the understanding that One Nation would repay him, but he states that he has never been repaid.[5]


  1. ^ a b Martin Lehmann (24 March 2005). "Consider Your Verdict - David Ettridge's gripping new book". 
  2. ^ The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 7 November 2003 http://news.scotsman.com/world/One-Nation-founders-conviction-quashed.2476439.jp.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ de Jersey CJ, McMurdo P and Davies JA (6 November 2003). "R v Hanson; R v Ettridge [2003] QCA 488" (PDF). Supreme Court of Queensland. 
  4. ^ Consider your verdict (ISBN 174110232-4) published by New Holland Publishers Pty, Limited
  5. ^ "One Nation co-founder accuses party of abandoning him". ABC News. 4 April 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Scott Balson (2000), Inside One Nation. The inside story on a people's party born to fail, Interactive Presentations, Mt Crosby News (Queensland), ISBN 0-9577415-2-9
  • David Ettridge (2004), Consider Your Verdict, New Holland Publishers, Frenchs Forest (New South Wales) ISBN 1-74110-232-4
  • Pauline Hanson (2007), Untamed and Unashamed - Pauline Hanson's autobiography, Jo-Jo Publishing, Docklands (Victoria) ISBN 978-0-9802836-2-4

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