The ABC’s Gail Burke and Josh Bavas report (11.2.17) on details of the latest Galaxy poll taken in Queeneland, which shows a boost in the amount of primary vote support for the One Nation Party, which has come equally at the expense of the two major parties since late last year.
‘The Queensland Government is talking up its jobs policies in the wake of a new opinion poll showing a surge in support for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation in the state. The Galaxy poll published in today’s Courier Mail newspaper shows One Nation’s support has increased from 16 per cent to 23 per cent in just three months.
‘The party picked up 11 seats in Queensland Parliament in 1998 when it won just under 23 per cent of the primary vote at that year’s election. One Nation will have a presence in Queensland Parliament in the coming week when Steve Dickson takes his seat on the crossbench after defecting from the LNP last month.
‘The Galaxy poll shows One Nation’s support is at the expense of the major parties, which have each dropped four percentage points. While the LNP leads in primary votes, the ALP is still ahead on a two-party preferred basis 51 to 49.’
WA Liberals to put One Nation ahead of Nationals in unprecedented election deal
Adam Gartrell reports in the Brisbane Times (12.2.17) on Premier Colin Barnett’s announcement that his Liberals have negotiated a preference deal with the One Nation Party ahead of next month’s state election in Western Australia.
‘The Turnbull government is defending an unprecedented preference deal that will see the Liberals put One Nation ahead of the Nationals in Western Australia, with a senior frontbencher saying Pauline Hanson’s party is more “sophisticated” than it was in John Howard’s day.
‘Arthur Sinodinos says One Nation has “evolved” in the 16 years since his former boss, Mr Howard, decreed that the Liberal Party always put One Nation last on their how-to-vote cards.
‘… The alliance between the WA Liberals and Nationals is reportedly at breaking point as a result of the deal, which could keep the conservatives in power but also deliver One Nation the balance of power. … The Liberal National Party in Queensland is also grappling with how to treat One Nation ahead of the state poll due there later this year, with the latest polls giving Ms Hanson’s party almost one-quarter of the vote.’