UNION PUSH COMES TO ONE NATION SHOVE
A MAN handing out how-to-vote cards was almost head-butted and a woman told she didn’t deserve to live as the political battle turned ugly in the first days of pre-poll voting in North Queensland
He was just supporting his partner ... they are all quite shaken. — One Nation candidate Noel Skippen
A MAN handing out how-to-vote cards claimed he was almost head-butted and a woman told she didn’t deserve to live as the political battle between Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party and unions turns ugly in the early days of voting.
Sparks have been flying between Queensland Council of Unions and One Nation because the union’s campaign is based on a ‘put One Nation last’ slogan.
They say Pauline Hanson slashed workers’ penalty rates when she voted with the Liberal National Party in June, a claim denied by One Nation supporters and candidates, who say the Fair Work Commission recommended penalty rates be cut.
A QCU man handing out the ‘put One Nation last’ how-to-vote cards at Cannonvale on Wednesday was allegedly pushed and almost headed-butted by a One Nation supporter.
Queensland Council of Unions member Billy Colless claimed his volunteers had to go home and were visible shaken after One Nation supporters started getting physical.
“Our campaign has had One Nation heavies up at Cannonvale today, had a near head-butt and pushed our volunteers,” he said.
Mr Colless said they started shouting at his organiser, began pushing an “elderly woman” before trying to head-butt the man.
One Nation candidate for Whitsunday Noel Skippen said there was an altercation but it didn’t get physical.
“It was exactly the other way ‘round,” he said. “One of these (union members) started misbehaving quite badly. There is only two ladies up there. One man turned up as far as I know, the partner of one of my supporters and there was a verbal altercation.
“He was just supporting his partner who had been abused and they are all quite shaken.”
It is the second reported scrap between the two groups.
One Nation candidate for Mackay Jeff Keioskie has also complained to the Queensland Electoral Commission that people purporting to be from a union allegedly abused his volunteers in Mackay on Tuesday.
There also were reports from other people standing outside the Mackay showgrounds pre-polling station that a woman was told they didn’t deserve to live if they voted for One Nation and the Liberal National Party.
Both Mr Colless and Electrical Trades Union organiser Craig Thomas said “categorically” those comments didn’t come from them or their volunteers.
Police did not have a report of the alleged attempted head-butt in Cannonvale.
It’s the second time poor behaviour has taken the limelight off politics in the seat of Whitsunday after two billboards were badly vandalised on Friday.
Billboards of Liberal National Party Member Jason Costigan and Australian Labor Party candidate Bronwyn Taha had Adani hard hat stickers slapped on their heads and slogans changed.
Pre polling at the Mackay Showgrounds.