Letter to the Editor
There is a full page advertisement in some newspapers from the Liberal Party asking for candidates to contest the state seats of Cook and Hill.(west of Cairns)
It never ceases to amaze me when we keep getting Labor candidates re-elected in Cook. At least five conservative political parties I have discovered are going to put their hands up to run against Cynthia Lui the indigenous Labor member on October 31.
Not all of them can be serious about winning the seat. There is a large welfare vote in the northern part of Cook which favours the sitting member.
But conservative voters outnumber the Labor voters. If the LNP, KAP, One Nation, Palmer and NQ First all nominate candidates they split the vote five ways and Labor gets returned.
I have my suspicions that most of these parties know they can’t win and are just chasing the money. Why not when the Labor Government recently doubled the value of your vote to candidates and parties which get over 4 per cent of the tally?
Payments to candidates standing for election will increase from $1.57 per vote received to $3.
Payments to political parties will also increase, from $3.14 to $6 per vote received.
The eligibility threshold for the payments has also changed — parties and candidates will only require 4 per cent of the primary vote, rather than 6 per cent, to receive the money.
It would be a good question to ask. Where does the money come from?
It is up to voters to determine which candidate is serious about winning and working for the local community instead of chasing the money. My test is who is a local and will live in the seat, how many MP’s do they have in the nearby region and their past performance and who champions regional communities, farmers and small businesses of the Far North?
It is not hard to find an answer.
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Mr Newman also predicts his former treasurer and current Liberal National Party leader Tim Nicholls will also have to publicly confront that reality if he’s to become the state’s next premier.
Speaking on Sky News on Monday night, Mr Newman said he believed One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson was “an older and wiser politician” than 20 years ago.
“You can talk preferences all you like, but they’re going to win enough seats.”
Mr Newman compared inaccurate polling on Ms Hanson’s popularity with the lead-up to president-elect Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the US.
“There was a poll in Queensland on the weekend that says she was at 16 per cent cent,” Mr Newman said.
“I think it’s over 20.”
Regarding preferences, he predicted Ms Hanson would “keep her powder dry” and that it would ultimately come down to a seat-by-seat basis.
Mr Newman admitted Ms Hanson’s sympathies were likely to lie with the LNP.
“Tim Nicholls might be the next Queensland premier, but he’s going to have to confront that issue and he’s going to have to answer in the media,” he said.
Labor has pledged to preference One Nation last at the next poll, which is due by early 2018, however Mr Nicholls has repeatedly danced around the question and said it was a matter for the party’s executive.
Both parties have declared they will attempt to combat the One Nation threat by “listening to the concerns” of the electorate.
© AAP 2016