Greens deal forced, say Na­tion­als

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Dy­lan Ca­porn

The Na­tion­als have de­fended pref­er­enc­ing some Lib­eral can­di­dates below the Greens, say­ing the One Na­tion deal forced the party to look else­where.

In the Min­ing and Pas­toral and South West Up­per House re­gions, the Na­tion­als have placed the sec­ond and third Lib­eral can­di­dates below the first Greens can­di­date.

On both tick­ets, sit­ting Lib­eral MPs Jim Chown and Ken Bas­ton will get first pref­er­ences af­ter Na­tion­als can­di­dates, but Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Mark Lewis is below sit­ting Greens MLC Robin Chap­ple on the Na­tion­als’ vot­ing ticket.

Na­tion­als spokesman Nathan Quigley said the party wanted to give due re­spect to the al­liance Gov­ern­ment with the Lib­er­als.

“Our pref­er­ence is af­ter the Na­tional Party, our votes will first and fore­most go to­wards get­ting one Lib­eral elected in each area,” he said.

“That said, ob­vi­ously the Lib­er­als haven’t come to us with pref­er­ences — they haven’t given us the cour­tesy of do­ing what we’ve done with the Lib­er­als.

“We’ve had to con­sider our op­tions and our first port of call af­ter the first Lib­eral can­di­date was the Shoot­ers and Fish­ers, who ob­vi­ously have a lot of com­mon­al­i­ties with the Na­tion­als.

“It’s just us ex­er­cis­ing the flex­i­bil­ity we needed to get the best deal for our can­di­dates.”

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