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Palaszczuk: Call out Hanson to avoid an Aussie Donald Trump
The Australian 12:00 AM September 30, 2016
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned that One Nation could be Australia’s Donald Trump, urging the nation’s political leaders to “call out” Pauline Hanson now or risk economic disaster.
Ms Palaszczuk used a major speech yesterday to attack the re-emergence of One Nation, criticising the party’s “conspiracy theory” policies for advocating high-powered guns, linking vaccinations and cancer, and attacking “globalism”.
“Having spoken to many senior diplomats and businesspeople from the US, it’s clear to me that many regret the fact that no one called out Donald Trump early enough to stop him,” Ms Palaszczuk told the Committee for Economic Development of Australia event.
“One Nation has $1.6 million in public funding alone, and now has a more sophisticated political operation than ever before.
“If we don’t act now and, as a community, say that the answer lies in hope and opportunity, not fear and loathing, who knows what the future might bring?”
She accused the state’s Liberal National Party opposition of “falling in line” with One Nation and promised Labor would not do preference deals with Ms Hanson’s party at the next state election, due by May 2018.
“If you’re a Queenslander whose job relies on exporting to overseas markets — like workers in Queensland mines or on Queensland farms — then you should be concerned,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I will call out fear-driven politics when I see it, because it’s not in Queensland’s best interests.”
Labor rushed through Queensland’s hung parliament changes to the state’s voting system, changing it from optional preferential voting to compulsory preferential voting.
One Nation, after gaining four senators at the recent federal election, plans to run candidates in the next state poll. Political strategists, including former Labor premier Peter Beattie, believe the new system might benefit One Nation.
One Nation won 11 seats at the 1998 state election, before the party’s structure fell apart, sparking defections and defeats.
The LNP has been accused of planning to preference One Nation ahead of Labor. However, Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls insisted yesterday that the party’s state executive had not made any final decisions.
LNP president Gary Spence recently said the conservatives had not spoken to One Nation about preferences, but he said he stood by previous comments that Labor and the Greens should go last on LNP how-to-vote cards.
Mr Nicholls said he disagreed with many of One Nation’s policies.
“I am a fierce advocate for trade and investment for Queensland and our ability to trade in open markets, about the importance of a controlled and responsible migration policy,” he said.
Mr Nicholls said the Premier could alleviate the preferences problem by reversing the voting system change………