Greens deal forced, say Nationals
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.”