The One Na­tion shock wave

South Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Tobi Lof­tus tobi.lof­tus@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

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.

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