One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has unveiled her Queensland Senate team today in Canberra, sighting a potential 2018 election.
Former One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts will lead the ticket with former Queensland MP for Buderim, Steve Dickson.
Senator Hanson said “Both Malcolm Roberts and Steve Dickson have a proven track record of standing up for Queenslanders on issues that the other political parties refuse to acknowledge.”
“Malcolm Roberts has led the debate on energy prices and climate change, plus the need for broad tax reform in Parliament, while Steve Dickson has been one of the most outspoken advocates for medical cannabis use and a staunch supporter of building essential infrastructure across the state and nation. Both are highly respected in this country for their efforts and both bring experience of parliament to the party.”
One Nation polled an average primary of 22% in the 61 Queensland seats they stood candidates.
“With 371,193 Queenslanders casting their number one preference to One Nation at the recent state election, there’s nothing stopping this party holding three senate positions in our home state, along with Senators in every other state across the country.”
The party has committed to field candidates in all 30 seats across Queensland at the next federal election and plans to stand as many candidates as possible in all other states.
“Now is the time for reputable, genuine candidates to step forward. One Nation’s vetting process is very stringent these days and the 17 page application is designed to weed out undesirable candidates and those who don’t have a loyal bone in their body. We will have high quality, honest candidates.”
“The High Court has ruled that sitting Councillors and Mayors can run, so I expect we’ll see quite a bit of interest from people who’ve already proven to their community they’re capable of representing the needs of their constituents and I’ll be targeting that calibre of person for my team.”