By­gones are by­gones in ALP pref­er­ence deals

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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 Rick Wil­liams third on its how- to- vote ticket, de­spite Pre­mier An­nas- tacia Palaszczuk dis­endors­ing him as La­bor’s can­di­date af­ter a com­plaint from a news­pa­per owner that he threat­ened her.

And they have done a deal with ex- Red­lands MP Peter Dowl­ing, who lost LNP pre­s­e­lec­tion in 2015 af­ter 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.

Mr Dowl­ing said his camp and La­bor had reached a deal to pref­er­ence each other third in the seat that he hopes to re­claim as an in­de­pen­dent.

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