The One Nation shock wave
IN MY few short years learning about Queensland politics, never would I have thought One Nation could be in the position to again win the seat of former Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen.
But here we are. The minor party has stormed back on to the political scene and from what sources have told me, is sending shock waves through the LNP establishment.
It’s a similar story to the election of Donald Trump in the US and the Brexit results.
People have become disillusioned with the establishment as inequality rises in the regions.
They feel the major parties no longer represent them and are searching for an alternative.
Recent polls have shown support for Pauline Hanson’s party is rising and rising.
Despite controversies surrounding undeclared donations, divisive candidates and public feuding, the party just seems to be getting stronger in Queensland.
Deputy Leader of the Opposition Deb Frecklington will need to work hard to hold on to her seat.
While it may appear that Nanango is a safe LNP seat, it is anything but, having changed allegiances several times over the past two decades.
Mrs Frecklington is a good local member, she also has the potential to be Premier one day, but if she doesn’t work hard to hold onto the trust and support of voters, who have been disillusioned by the major parties, then that will never happen.
One Nation going into this next election has nothing to lose. The LNP and Labor have everything to lose.
Whether the election is called next week, next month or next year, the fight for the seat of Nanango will certainly be one to watch.
When it is finally called, the decision will be in our hands.