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Pauline Hanson's return adds to tough contest for Lockyer

THE seat of Lockyer is shaping into an interesting contest.

Lockyer, which covers Lockyer Valley Regional Council and parts of the Scenic Rim, has been held by Ian Rickuss since 2004, and he easily retained his seat in 2012 with a 65-35 two party preferred result over the Katter Party's David Neuendorf.

Mr Rickuss would have been expected to win easily again this time despite Mr Neuendorf coming back to contest the election again for the KAP.

However the waters have been substantially muddied by the candidacy of Pauline Hanson, who has resumed leadership of the One Nation party she founded 18 years ago.

Ms Hanson continues to have a high media profile and will be hoping to repeat the successes of previous elections when One Nation won the seat firstly under Dr Peter Prenzler in 1998 and then Bill Flynn in 2004.

Labor is pinning its hopes on local teacher Steve Leese but may struggle in this four-cornered contest.

Topics:  david neuendorf, ian rickuss, lockyer, one nation, pauline hanson, queensland election 2015



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