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rollerOne Nation on the move in Queensland

You gotta laugh! The one Nation detractors say the party has too many problems—they choose the wrong people—look what happened decades ago in Queensland. And they are right. But that was then, lessons have been learned, voters are less susceptible to trash media beat-ups. So stop and think! The Liberal Party, what’s left of it, a party in which Mr Turnbull singlehandedly sent conservatives away in droves is in more strife than Speed Gordon—who was he anyway? Labor is in a mess, especially with the Kitching senatorial drop-in, and the Greens have serious internal battles. One Nation with its minor teething problems is more stable than all the majors right now—if you really think about it?

One Nation could target at least 60 seats at the next Queensland election and is already moving to recruit star candidates from Liberal National Party ranks and local government. As One Nation’s popularity grows in the wake of its federal election success, party bosses have confirmed they are in discussions with former Newman government MPs in a bid to win a swag of seats and the balance of power in a hung Queensland parliament.

Source: News Corp

One Nation may target 60 seats at next Queensland election

Recent polls have shown soaring support for Pauline Hanson’s party across the state with the threat already destabilising the LNP as the party also grapples with the threat of a possible early ­election.

LNP president Gary Spence was yesterday forced to again rule out a demerger between the Liberal and Nationals wings after Attorney-General George Brandis was caught flagging that possibility as a result of One Nation’s soaring popularity and the reintroduction of compulsory preferential voting.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce yesterday reminded government colleagues that voters were not interested in “philosophical discussions”, as he declared to the party room yesterday there was “no such thing as a safe seat these days”.

One Nation’s state and national secretary, Jim Savage, told The Australian almost 30 candidates had been endorsed so far and 30 more could be endorsed in coming months.

He ruled out speculation the party had approached sitting LNP MPs but he confirmed there had been talks with some former members who voted out at the last election.

Former Queensland mayors and councillors had also been in talks with the party, Mr Savage said. “We haven’t approached any of them. Everyone approaches us. We don’t go fishing.”

Former MP Neil Symes quit the LNP earlier this year to join One Nation and could run as a candidate.

Senior LNP sources told The Australian last week that others were considering following suit.

Former Thuringowa MP Sam Cox, who has not renewed his LNP membership after the party overlooked his application for preselection, has been named by some as a likely defector but he told The Australian yesterday he had not spoken to One Nation and was not currently considering running for the party.

Mr Savage likened the support for his party to that witnessed before the 1998 Queensland election, when One Nation claimed 11 seats in parliament — six previously held by Labor and five by the then coalition parties.

“The groundswell is quite staggering,” Mr Savage said. “I have been in the party for nearly 20 years and the only time we have seen this was in 1998, but the big difference now is we are a lot more sophisticated, we’re a lot smarter.”

Seats expected to be targeted by One Nation include Cook, Dalrymple, Thuringowa, Burdekin, Mirani, Keppel, Gladstone, Burnett, Callide, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Gympie, Nanango, Lockyer, Condamine, Southern Downs, Beaudesert, Albert, Ipswich West, Pumicestone, Glass House, Murrumba, Kallangur and Redcliffe.

Mr Savage said the party would not run in a seat unless it could secure a good candidate.

“In 1998 we had members elected who turned out to be disappointing.

“That’s not going to happen again.”

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Pensioner Pete 26/11/2016, 7:03 am

    At long last, there is light at the end of the tunnel and PHON is that light, shining ever brighter and brighter. For me personally, I hope they win Gregory and a huge swag of Queensland seats to throw the established elites out on their collective arses, and consigned to political oblivion, for ever.

    • Biking Voter 26/11/2016, 9:14 am

      Consigned to political oblivion perhaps, but not without taking their trough with them in the form of the Super that most of them will collect for life at the expense of the taxpayer that voted them gone.

      • Pensioner Pete 26/11/2016, 10:56 am

        BV. Unfortunately, true.

  • Peter Sandery 26/11/2016, 8:48 am

    A minor correction, MM in relation to Sam Cox. He was not “overlooked” by the LNP, it’s Applicants’ Review Committee did not recommend his nomination and the LNP Executive and its lilly livered parliamentary leadership team went along with the proposal, yet the same groups accepted the nomination of a three time loser to a seat which said loser couldn’t win in the 2012 landslide. That was it for me

    • MM Editor 26/11/2016, 9:19 am

      Peter, the error, “MM in relation to Sam Cox” was the writing of News Corp who should have known better.

    • Peter Sandery 26/11/2016, 10:24 am

      Sorry, MM Ed, I missed that – must be senility on my part

  • Topsy 26/11/2016, 9:02 am

    I supported Senator Hanson at the last election hoping she, once again, would be able to shake things up a bit – particularly the Liberals. She has done this, but she should have learnt to keep party dirty business out of the media as the media will try to cannibalise her again while busily forgetting, and worse, protecting the useless two big parties who have reduced Australia to a sorry mess.
    Liberal and Labor are self-interested in both a personal – line my pockets sense, and the ideas sense which throws Australians to the wolves in the name of globalisation and global warming, leaving them without jobs and those pitiful few with work to somehow support themselves, greedy politicians and those who have lost their means of support.
    God help us, we desperately need a Trump and while Pauline is showing grit this time around she needs to be developing policy to give voters some hope that their problems will be addressed. Listening to their issues is better than the two big blobs do, but doing something about issues is even more important.

    • Biking Voter 26/11/2016, 10:04 am

      Hanson is in the same position that Trump is in, neither of them is “owned” by big business and that is why they are both such a huge threat to the establishment. In effect they are both “Loose Canons” that aren’t answerable to the string pullers.

  • Zoltan 26/11/2016, 10:56 am

    I wish they’s select me, doing a bit of time in politics would be a good way to spend retirement, especially considering the perks.

    • Jack Richards 26/11/2016, 9:00 pm

      Me too. I’m at a bit of a loose end and i’d make sure my Senator’s salary was spent appropriately: long lunches, excellent beer, wine and spirits, overseas trips – sorry “fact finding missions” – camp at one of my kids’ places in Canberra but still claim the “living away from home” allowance.

      Actually I might stand for the Greens as you can be a complete dickhead, walk out whenever someone you don’t like gets up to speak, and get paid for swanning around the globe talking shit at an endless series of meetings about the environment. You can also make a nuisance of yourself in Sri Lanka – like Rhiannon – or in the Meditteranean like Sarah Sea-Patrol and I could hire back-packers to work for me and expect the longest possible hours for the lowest possible pay like Richard di Natale. Then, on top of all that, I can claim the high moral ground on every possible issue.

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