Queens­land La­bor pulps how-to-vote cards that pref­er­ence known bikie

The Guardian Australia - - Headlines - Amy Re­meikis

Queens­land La­bor has been forced to pulp how-to-vote cards for the state elec­tion that pref­er­enced a known bikie.

Mick Kosenko, a pres­i­dent of the Queens­land chap­ter of the Rebels out­law mo­tor­cy­cle club, who rose to main­stream promi­nence under the New­man gov­ern­ment’s so-called Vlad laws, was placed third on La­bor’s card for the elec­torate of Pine Rivers, held by La­bor’s Nikki Boyd, ahead of the LNP.

On Tues­day the premier, An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, or­dered the cards to be pulped and Kosenko be de­moted, but she could not place him last be­cause of her com­mit­ment to place One Na­tion at the bot­tom of the bal­lot.

“I have spo­ken to the state sec­re­tary and I have said to the state sec­re­tary very clearly that he [Kosenko] will go just above One Na­tion,” she said in Cairns.

“The rea­son I am say­ing that is that I made a com­mit­ment to the peo­ple of Queens­land that I would put One Na­tion last.”

Kosenko will now ap­pear in sixth

place on the how-to-vote cards and

One Na­tion in sev­enth.

With mi­nor par­ties such as the Greens and One Na­tion ris­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, pref­er­ences may be cru­cial in this elec­tion.

The LNP has put One Na­tion above La­bor on its cards in 50 of 61 seats, con­firm­ing John Howard’s pol­icy of al­ways putting the party last, is dead.

The prospect of mi­nor par­ties win­ning seats has also left unan­swered ques­tions about who will gov­ern if no party has an over­all ma­jor­ity. Palaszczuk has ruled out mak­ing deals to form gov­ern­ment with One Na­tion, Kat­ter’s Aus­tralia party or the Greens.

If La­bor fails to get the 47 seats to gov­ern in its own right, and the LNP also falls short, but can­not make a deal, Queens­land may be sent straight back to the polls.

On Tues­day Palaszczuk re­fused to spec­u­late on that pos­si­bil­ity.

“I’m not deal­ing with hy­po­thet­i­cals,” she said. “I am fo­cused on a ma­jor­ity. What we need is a ma­jor­ity.”

Pre-polling opened on Tues­day, with al­most 28,000 peo­ple hand­ing in their votes. The elec­tion is on 25 Novem­ber.

An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk cam­paigned in the Cairns elec­torate on Tues­day with the tourism min­is­ter, Michael Healy. Pho­to­graph: Dar­ren Eng­land/AAP

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