ON THE ROAD: One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson and her candidate for Maranoa, Lynette Keehn, speak with Cath and Steve Stepney on Sunday.
ON THE ROAD: One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson and her candidate for Maranoa, Lynette Keehn, speak with Cath and Steve Stepney on Sunday. Matthew Newton

Keehn ‘very confident’ she can claim Maranoa

ONE Nation candidate Lynette Keehn said she was “very confident” of becoming the next member for Maranoa, despite the LNP claiming the seat at the last election by more than 40,000 votes on a two party preferred basis.

“The support has been overwhelming, to the extent that I am in a bit of disbelief,” Ms Keehn said.

“(Voters) are sick of the majors, they’ve done nothing for them, they want them gone and they want people to stand for their values; the same sort of people who live the same sort of life, instead of politicians who have got their snouts in the trough and don’t have to really care about us.

“And that’s what it is, it’s an us and them situation. I’m just as normal as everyone else. I struggle. There’s no one standing behind me, so I’ve got to do it, I’ve got to give it a crack.”

Among those who turned out to listen to One Nation party leader and senate candidate Pauline Hanson and her candidate Lynette Keehn at the Club Hotel on Sunday were Steve and Cathy Stepney.

The two moved to the area 12 months ago and said they were happy Ms Hanson had taken the time to come to Chinchilla to speak to the community.

Ms Hanson spoke for about 45minutes on Sunday afternoon about jobs in regional areas, immigration and standing up for farmers, as well as answering questions from the public on coal seam gas, education and 457visas.

“It’s very important to me this time around to win the senate seat for Queensland. To be on the floor of parliament will give me an opportunity to be your voice,” Ms Hanson said.

Mrs Stepney said the visit finally put it in perspective what Ms Hanson stood for.

“Because most of what she said, we stand for as well,” Mrs Stepney said, adding that she would be volunteering for One Nation on polling day.

Standing up for the farmers and standing up for Australia were some of MsHanson’s policies MrsStepney said she agreed with.

“I’m not a racist person but I don’t think people from other countries should be able to walk into our country and steal our jobs,” she said.

“Because they will work for less than what they should be paid, a lot of their workers are being paid less than what they should actually be paying, so I just don’t think it’s right.”

Mrs Stepney also said it was good Ms Hanson was standing up for pensioners and carers.

“I’m a full-time carer and it’s about time somebody stood up for us,” she said.

Mr Stepney said he’d like to see more done for the disabled.


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