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Hanson seals deal with KAP

CAMPAIGNER: Pauline Hanson on the hustings in Gatton and buoyed by KAP deal.
CAMPAIGNER: Pauline Hanson on the hustings in Gatton and buoyed by KAP deal. Kate Czerny

IT IS the deal Lockyer candidates Pauline Hanson and David Neuendorf hope can deliver one of them into parliament after Saturday's state election.

Ms Hanson, the One Nation candidate, and Katter's Australian Party (KAP) representative Mr Neuendorf, have agreed to swap preferences in a move they are banking can catapult one of them ahead of sitting LNP MP Ian Rickuss.

The duo's how-to-vote cards will be marked 1 and 2, with each candidate preferencing the other.

Griffith University's political analyst Dr Paul Williams said the move was "probably a sensible strategy for both KAP and One Nation".

"They are after the same pool of votes and trying to appeal to the same constituency - the disgruntled, populist right," he said.

"So in that sense it is a pretty sensible strategy. You'd think it would lift both Hanson and KAP's chances slightly but you'd still have to say that Rickuss is still well placed to hold the seat, but he is more challenged by this development."

Lockyer has been a volatile seat in the past with One Nation winning the seat in 1998 and 2001.

Ms Hanson said the deal with KAP was "all about strategy".

"It is a positive move to swap preferences and hopefully it will take one of us over the line," she said.

"I think we will take Rickuss' vote away from him.

"The Labor Party have not even marked me on their voting paper. They have preferenced everyone bar me. Every election they have done me no favours and have always put me last.

"The seat has never been held by Labor…and I can assure the people that if I was to win the seat that I would never side with Labor in government.

"But if either side (LNP or Labor) wins government and puts up good policy for my electorate, I will support them on it."

Mr Neuendorf insisted that, if elected, he could make a real difference in a hung parliament.

"We have an accord with the independents so we can move and shake things that have never been moved and shaken before," he said.

"If we have a hung parliament and can influence the way the voting goes and support good legislation, and block bad legislation like the sale of assets, we can make things happen in our forgotten communities."

While conceding the LNP was "on the nose", Mr Williams said Mr Rickuss was still the favourite.

"If anyone can hold it, Rickuss can. He is not that dissimilar to people like Ray Hopper. They have got that old Country Party knockabout style about them.

"Rickuss is a survivor… and that is why I am tipping that he will hang on.

"I will be extremely surprised if Hanson's primary vote is more than 25%, and it will probably be less because her vote will be split with KAP.

"Despite that exchange of preferences you will get a lot of KAP and One Nation voters who will still vote one, despite the urging of their parties."

Topics:  david neuendorf, editors picks, katter's australian party, lockyer, one nation pauline hanson, pauline hanson, queensland election 2015



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