Pauline Hanson warns election could be "within weeks"
ONE Nation leader Pauline Hanson predicts Queensland could go to the polls as early as February, but her party is yet to field a candidate for the Southern Downs electorate.
Senator Hanson unveiled 36 "very closely" vetted candidates this week to contest the state election, which is due by early 2018, including Lynette Keehn (Condamine). Keehn was the party candidate for the last Federal election in Maranoa.
"I want people with a bit of mongrel in them," Senator Hanson said.
"We're coming after you (the major parties) and your jobs because I don't feel you deserve to be there."
The Government could call an election as early as February because of fears about One Nation's growing support, Ms Hanson said yesterday.
But if her prediction comes true, it will leave a Southern Downs candidate on the backfoot days out from a February election.
One Nation treasurer Greg Smith said the party plans to announce its candidate for the Southern Downs and other seats in January.
The validation of candidates, which includes a police check and a series of interviews, had led to the announcement of a full list being pushed out to the new year, Mr Smith said.
"We give equal time to the formal process of candidate nomination for each seat so while the Southern Downs is a key electorate, it doesn't alter how much time is taken with the process of ratification."
The party will focus heavily on regional seats, particularly in the state's west, where there is strong support for Ms Hanson," Mr Smith said.
"We look at all the seats and try to gauge what is happening in them and we know that in areas such as Queensland's west and right through, we have a lot of the answers that major parties have ignored."
LNP Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg announced a fortnight ago he would not be seeking re-election at the next election.
Recent polls show support for One Nation has risen into the double digits in Queensland and the election is seen by many as its best chance to pick up seats since 1998 when it won 11 seats.
Senator Hanson remains tight-lipped about the party's policies for the election but has spoken broadly about affordable housing, reducing congestion, boosting jobs and building infrastructure.