Warn­ing on pref­er­ences

One Na­tion looks at putting all sit­ting MPs last on vote cards

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACKHOUSE an­drew.back­house1@news.com.au

ONE Na­tion can­di­dates in the North may put all sit­ting Queens­land MPs last on the party’s how- to- vote cards.

Deputy leader of One Na­tion in Queens­land and Bur­dekin can­di­date Sam Cox said a fi­nal de­ci­sion on pref­er­ences was still to be made.

“We’re say­ing both par­ties have lost their way and if the sit­ting mem­ber is just sit­ting there — well sit­ting there is not good enough,” Mr Cox said.

“We have it as an op­tion for all in­cum­bents to put them last.”

He de­nied spec­u­la­tion One Na­tion had been do­ing pref­er­ence deals, declar­ing: “One Na­tion has not been talk­ing to any­one”.

The up­com­ing Queens­land elec­tion, due by early next year, is the first in which pref­er­en­tial vot­ing is com­pul­sory in Queens­land.

One Na­tion’s Townsville can­di­date Al­lan Evans said a de­ci­sion about pref­er­ences would be made af­ter the elec­tion was called.

He was con­fi­dent One Na­tion would hold the bal­ance of power in Queens­land.

“The two- party po­lit­i­cal sys­tem we have now is bro­ken,” he said. “We’ve only had the choice between the LNP and the ALP and I’m hop­ing we can break the two- party stran­gle­hold in the coun­try.”

The seat of Thuringowa is in One Na­tion’s sights af­ter the party has polled as high as 33 per cent, de­spite not hav­ing se- lected a can­di­date to chal­lenge La­bor’s Aaron Harper.

Mr Cox said sev­eral can­di­dates had put their names for­ward for Thuringowa.

“We be­lieve we’ll have a full card for the Townsville re­gion,” he said.

A Galaxy Re­search poll in Au­gust showed 15 per of Queens­lan­ders would give their pri­mary vote to One Na­tion.

Sup­port has been as high as 23 per cent and Mr Cox said many One Na­tion can­di­dates had strong chances of win­ning.

“I think there’s go­ing to be a lot of three- way con­tests,” he said, adding if One Na­tion did hold the bal­ance of power it would be happy to talk with ei­ther ma­jor party.

“We will be a strong voice for re­gional Queens­land, in­clud­ing the North,” he said

“We will be look­ing at what’s best for Queens­land and if we have rep­re­sen­ta­tives from North Queens­land we’ll make sure their voice is heard.”

Mund­ing­burra can­di­date Malcolm Charl­wood said Townsville res­i­dents were con­cerned about power prices, water se­cu­rity and crime.

Sam Cox.

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