PREFERENCE CONUNDRUM: Capricornia MP Michelle Landry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack are not yet in agreement how to preference the One Nation Party following their week of scandals.
PREFERENCE CONUNDRUM: Capricornia MP Michelle Landry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack are not yet in agreement how to preference the One Nation Party following their week of scandals. Allan Reinikka ROK071118amorriso

Pressure on Nationals over One Nation preferences in CQ

PRESSURE is on Capricornia MP Michelle Landry to take a hard line on comments made by One Nation politicians about gun control, foreign donations and immigration.

Ms Landry wouldn't confirm where she intended to place One Nation's candidate Wade Rothery on her how to vote cards, but she was quoted by the Courier Mail yesterday saying, "I'll tell you this ... Greens last, then Labor, then Palmer".

Yesterday she told The Morning Bulletin she would make a decision once all the candidates had nominated when the election was called.

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"We've had a discussion with the LNP and that's the advice from head office," Ms Landry said.

"I will be looking at the candidates that run against me, and some times you have people with some far way-out ideas.

"Once the election is called and the candidates are declared, I will decide where the preferences are going."

Given the Greens Party's clearly stated agenda to scale back the coal industry - putting CQ's jobs and economy in jeopardy - Ms Landry pledged to put them last on her how-to-vote card.

"I have a great deal of trouble putting the Greens and Labor anywhere because of what they're doing to the coal industry," she said.

"I'm pretty upset with their behaviour."

After a covert three year Al Jazeera investigation revealed key members of the One Nation Party seeking foreign donations in exchange for efforts to water down Australia's gun laws, Australia's political parties widely condemned One Nation.

 

CAUGHT OUT: One Nation party officials Steve Dickson (left) and James Ashby field questions during a press conference on Tuesday after being caught up in an Al-Jazeera investigation using hidden cameras and a journalist posing as a grassroots gun campaigner.
CAUGHT OUT: One Nation party officials Steve Dickson (left) and James Ashby field questions during a press conference on Tuesday after being caught up in an Al-Jazeera investigation using hidden cameras and a journalist posing as a grassroots gun campaigner. DAVE HUNT

Given the recent semi automatic gun massacre in Christchurch which claimed 50 lives, and footage appearing to show One Nation Party leader Pauline Hanson suggesting Port Arthur massacre was a conspiracy, the pressure was on Australia's politicians to rebuke One Nation by punishing them through preferencing on how-to-vote cards.

 

SOLEMN GATHERING: Local politicians took off their shoes with hundreds of other visitors to attend the prayer service including Livingstone Shire mayor Bill Ludwig, Michelle Landry MP, Rockhampton Region mayor Margaret Strelow and Councillor Rose Swadling
SOLEMN GATHERING: Local politicians took off their shoes with hundreds of other visitors to attend the prayer service including Livingstone Shire mayor Bill Ludwig, Michelle Landry MP, Rockhampton Region mayor Margaret Strelow and Councillor Rose Swadling Leighton Smith

Following Labor leader Bill Shorten's call for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to match Labor by putting One Nation last, Mr Morrison confirmed today that the Liberal Party would put One Nation below Labor on their how-to-vote cards.

But Mr Morrison wouldn't commit to putting One Nation below the Greens, who he regarded as "a serious danger to Australia".

The pressure is now on The Nationals party, particularly in the marginal seat of Capricornia, to match the Liberals decision to preference Labor above One Nation.

 

One Nation Party candidate for Capricornia Wade Rothery has defended his party's approach to gun laws.
One Nation Party candidate for Capricornia Wade Rothery has defended his party's approach to gun laws. Chris Ison ROK211117cforum7

READ: SCANDAL: One Nation Capricornia candidate in damage control

 

Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Nationals Michael McCormack told The Australian the Nationals were a grass roots party and decisions were made at every election by MPs and state divisions where to place Pauline Hanson's candidates.

It is unclear how One Nation will preference Labor or the Coalition on their how-to-vote cards, with the party's preferences crucial to helping both sides get MPs elected in the past.



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