One Nation will preference the Liberal Party in every seat in Queensland in a massive blow for Labor in the upcoming election.
The move means the Opposition will have a more difficult time winning crucial seats in the Sunshine State and being able to form a majority government.
The party was predicted to have chances of winning the marginal Longman and Leichhardt electorates but their odds have now narrowed.
One Nation will preference the Liberal Party in every seat in Queensland in a massive blow for Labor in the upcoming election
The LNP will also put One Nation as its second preference in the Senate vote
Pauline Hanson said part of the driving force for the decision was the Opposition party’s ‘Mediscare’ campaign, Courier Mail reported.
‘Anthony Albanese can’t simply fly into Queensland and scare the hell out of pensioners with Labor’s lies that the current government will place them on the cashless welfare card,’ she said.
‘Nor can he get away with allowing his backbenchers in the Senate to tell coal miners that One Nation has taken away their right to permanent jobs in the industry.’
The LNP will also put One Nation as its second preference in the Senate vote.
Senator Hanson will still preference Labor over the Liberals in key electorates outside of Queensland.
The decision comes as she accused the Coalition of doing a ‘dirty deal with the devil’ by telling voters to preference the Jacquie Lambie Network in the Tasmanian Senate race.
Senator Hanson will still preference Labor over the Liberals in key electorates outside of Queensland
Senator Hanson said she would also look to punish Liberals in marginal seats, particularly in Victoria.
‘Unfortunately, left-leaning Liberals aren’t giving conservative Australian voters much reason to hope their party will act differently to Labor,’ she said.
One Nation will preference Labor over Liberals in inner-city electorates where coalition candidates are facing challenges from independents, such as Goldstein and North Sydney.
But One Nation says it still plans to support Liberal conservatives and Nationals over ALP candidates.
While One Nation has indicated where its preferences would go to in key seats, it is still only a suggestion to voters ahead of the election.
The decision to preference Labor in key seats outside of Queensland comes as Senator Hanson accused the Coalition of doing a ‘dirty deal with the devil’ by telling voters to preference the Jacquie Lambie Network in the Tasmanian Senate race
A study of how-to-vote card use in 2016 and 2019 showed less than five per cent of One Nation voters followed the party’s card.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared less concerned about Senator Hanson’s decision, rebuffing suggestions coalition MPs could be disadvantaged at the election.
‘There’s further information to come on that, particularly in relation to Queensland, there’s different arrangements in different states and territories,’ Mr Morrison said on Thursday.
‘That’s just all politics, what matters is the choice Australians have to make.’