Former Senator Bill O’Chee comments in the Brisbane Times (24.5.16) on the fight for Queensland Senate places at the upcoming federal election. He highlights the contest for the conservative vote, with Pauline Hanson appearing a reasonable chance of winning enough support to gain a Senate seat, possibly at the expense of an Indigenous LNP Senator.
‘The Queensland Senate race has come alive, with the prospect of Indigenous LNP Senator Jo Lindgren facing off against Pauline Hanson – a person not known for her charitable views of Aborigines – for the last senate seat.
‘It is all the more interesting as Senator Lindgren would be the only remaining Indigenous woman in Parliament following the shock resignation of Nova Peris.
‘Senator Lindgren is unfazed, declaring: “Voters will have a clear choice. It is going to be a battle between new hope and old hate, for what sort of future we want for the country.”
‘Ms Hanson, who denies she is a racist, is certainly not short on hate.’