His­tory shows protest vote dooms us all

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

PAUL Wil­liams ( C-M, Nov 14) is cor­rect. Pauline Han­son and her bunch of mis­matched mav­er­icks scat­tered around the coun­try are po­lit­i­cal huck­sters at best.

With the newly minted One Na­tion Sen­a­tor Fraser An­ning last­ing a lit­tle more than an hour un­til aban­don­ing ship, one can only won­der what Queens­land vot­ers can ex­pect af­ter the state elec­tion.

But, as Wil­liams says, what has One Na­tion achieved in its 20 years of re­ceiv­ing tax­pay­ers’ elec­tion fund­ing? Now that the LNP has tied it­self to the mast of po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency by pref­er­enc­ing One Na­tion in 50 of 93 state seats, those vot­ers should think long and hard at where their votes will end up.

If po­lit­i­cal his­tory thus far on Han­son and her band of One Na­tion mal­con­tents is any guide, Queens­land vot­ers, now more than ever, should know we will all be the poorer in the po­lit­i­cal night­mare that might come with that protest vote serv­ing un­told fu­ture dam­age to our state and lit­tle else. Paul Hen­der­son, Wyn­num ONE Na­tion is her­alded as hold­ing the key to who rules Queens­land af­ter the elec­tion.

Run­ning con­cur­rently is the theme that Don­ald Trump still holds sway de­spite polls show­ing his ap­proval rat­ing is the low­est for any US pres­i­dent at this early stage of their ten­ure.

One Na­tion is the party of Trump, us­ing his tem­plate of pop­ulism and re­sent­ment. Sim­i­lar to Trump, it shouts loud about the prob­lems we know con­front us. It has also been found want­ing in pro­vid­ing vi­able so­lu­tions. Fran­cis Carroll, Moorooka

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