LNP won’t reveal its preference deals in Queensland election

LNP leader Tim Nicholls said they would put the Greens last on every HTV card.
LNP leader Tim Nicholls said they would put the Greens last on every HTV card.

The LNP says it has decided on its preference deals but won’t reveal the details leading to the accusation it has done a deal with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.

Yesterday LNP Leader Tim Nicholls and LNP President Gary Spence said the party had finalised its How-to-Vote cards for the state election but the only detail they would reveal was that the Greens had been put last on every LNP How-to-Vote card.

“The Greens’ policies destroy jobs and push up power prices and these positions hurt Queensland families and small businesses and regrettably the Greens are joined at the hip with Labor,” Mr Nicholls said.

“A vote for anyone (other than the LNP) will mean the return of a do-nothing Labor Government and the price that Queenslanders will pay is higher power prices, less job security and more political correctness.”

Mr Spence said they sought input from members on the ordering of local How-to-Vote cards.

“This was done after Labor changed our voting system in 18 minutes for rank political opportunism from optional preferential to compulsory preferential voting,” he said.

“The LNP has not entered into a preference arrangement with (Pauline Hanson’s) One Nation, the Labor Party, Katter Australia Party or the Greens.”

However Labor have disputed this claim saying the LNP would be giving preferences to One Nation in more than 50 seats.

Labor’s campaign spokesman Cameron Dick said the decision would create a deeply unstable coalition that would only hurt Queensland.

“(Tim Nicholls) is gifting One Nation an electoral boost at the ballot box because he knows the only way he can sneak into office is with their help,” Mr Dick said.

"Nicholls has done this because he can only become Premier with Pauline Hanson’s support."

A Galaxy poll at the state of the month suggests PHON could take up to 18% of the vote statewide.

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