TRAPS AFTERTHEDENIALS THEDEALISDONE
FORGET denials – P Pauline li Hanson’s One Nation team has sounded out Labor over a shock new coalition to run Queensland.
Like Bobby Kennedy’s mystery moves with Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev to solve the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, the 1N talks started with a secret phone call.
Bookies must have got wind and odds on a NZ-style Labor-1N coalition have firmed to $3.60.
An LNP-1N alliance remains the most likely at $1.27 but all along Premier Stacia has been emphatic she would not tango with Pauline’s team.
“No deals’’ on preferences or anything is the Premier’s line with Labor likely to number 1N last.
LNP chief Tim Nicholls also is on the record with “no coalition or shared ministry with One Nation’’.
But pressure is mounting with a Katter-1N preferences deal on the cards and firm KAP backing for the h hot potato Adani coal mine. Paulin i ine’s posse has firmed in six seats in SSp Sportsbet’s election shake-up. Current 1N MP Steve Dickson firmed from $5 to become new $1.80 favo ourite to retain Buderim ahead of th the LNP who blew from $1.14 to $ $2.20.
LNP vote swapping with 1N also may include Mansfield and Mt Ommaney.
“I’ve been too busy to check the betting. But I’ve always said major parties will have to deal with us.,’’ Dickson said.
Heavy election cash won’t arrive with Sportsbet etc until the last days before November 25 polling.
“Most of the money floods in the final Friday,’’ Sportsbet’s Christian Jantzen told Traps.