La­bor pref­er­ences to ben­e­fit rogues

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - JES­SICA MARSZALEK AND SARAH VOGLER

LA­BOR has gifted pref­er­ences to two scan­dal-rid­den can­di­dates: one whose dump­ing trig­gered the elec­tion, and an­other who pho­tographed his pe­nis plonked in a wine glass.

The ALP has placed Pu­mice­s­tone MP “Slick” Rick Wil­liams third on its how-tovote ticket, de­spite Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk dis­endors­ing him as La­bor’s can­di­date fol­low­ing a com­plaint from a news­pa­per owner that he threat­ened her.

And they’ve stitched up a deal with for­mer Red­lands MP “Plonker” Peter Dowl­ing, who lost LNP pre­s­e­lec­tion in 2015 be­cause of a sex­ting scan­dal in­volv­ing his mis­tress.

Mr Wil­liams, who tore up his La­bor mem­ber­ship two weeks ago to run as an in­de­pen­dent, has also pref­er­enced La­bor third but both he and La­bor have de­nied a for­mal deal.

He said he reprinted his how-to-vote cards on Mon­day to favour La­bor af­ter he re­alised One Na­tion had “lied” to him about pref­er­enc­ing him over the ma­jor par­ties, while La­bor said it’s sim­ply giv­ing pref­er­ence to in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates over the LNP.

Mean­while, Mr Dowl­ing said his camp and La­bor had reached a deal to pref­er­ence each other third in the seat he hopes to re­claim as an in­de­pen­dent fol­low­ing a tu­mul­tuous time in the New­man gov­ern­ment.

The for­mer par­lia­men­tary ethics boss – who claimed he was a vic­tim of re­venge porn – gar­nered in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion when pic­tures of his pe­nis in a red wine glass were re­leased and it was re­vealed he’d wrongly taken his mis­tress on par­lia­men­tary travel trips to Perth and New Zealand.

“My peo­ple, we ne­go­ti­ated a two with One Na­tion and we ne­go­ti­ated a three with La­bor and there weren’t any con­ver­sa­tions with the LNP and the Greens,” Mr Dowl­ing said yes­ter­day.

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