BAL­LOT BOX­ING

UNION PUSH COMES TO ONE NA­TION SHOVE

Daily Mercury - - FRONT PAGE - Camp­bell Gel­lie camp­bell.gel­lie@dai­ly­mer­cury.com.au

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.

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