News

Steve Dickson defection 'huge blow' for LNP

THE Queensland Greens have described Steve Dickson's defection to One Nation as a 'huge blow' to the LNP's credibility.

Queensland Greens Convenor Andrew Bartlett says Sunshine Coast MP's defection shows the difference between One Nation and the LNP is smaller than ever.

"It is virtually certain that the Liberal National Party - which once had principles on this issue - will now do a preference deal with One Nation.

"One Nation is voting almost always to back LNP legislation and do political deals with the LNP in the Senate, while more and more LNP members are echoing the socially and economically destructive rhetoric of One Nation,'' he said in a statement.

Andrew Bartlett
Andrew Bartlett

"It is now clear that the many Queenslanders who oppose the divisive, damaging agenda of One Nation must now also reject the LNP, as the two parties are now so closely aligned.  

"As we have already seen from a number of One Nation candidates, the party has no plan or policy to strengthen the economy and tackle rife unemployment.

Do you think Steve Dickson has betrayed LNP supporters?

This poll ended on 27 January 2017.

Current Results

Yes. They put him in, not One Nation

9%

No. He's following where his constituents are heading

83%

No. The LNP has lost its way

6%

Depends on his stance on key issues

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"Instead they single out and attack vulnerable groups in the community, whether it is welfare recipients, gays and lesbians, Muslims or migrants - an approach which more and more LNP members are doing with growing frequency.

"In the seat of Buderim itself, the Greens have an experienced and credible candidate in Sue Ethridge, and have gained strong votes at federal, state and local level across the Sunshine Coast region."

Ms Ethridge vowed: "The Greens will take the fight right up to those promoting the dangerous politics of blame, division and destruction, which does nothing to improve jobs or services in the Sunshine Coast region or protect our local environment."

Topics:  andrew bartlett queensland greens steve dickson


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Passionate mum captures heart of rural community

Katrina Ayers is making a business out of rural photography.

Photography an outlet for rural mum to create off-farm income.

Adani deal: Qld Govt finally agrees on royalty scheme

Environmental activists voice their opposition to Indian miner Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine, outside Parliament House in Brisbane, Thursday, May 25, 2017. The protesters called on the Queensland government to block a billion-dollar federal loan to Adani. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING

“It’s important that a fair deal is struck for all parties..."

100MW, 264 hectare solar farm planned for north of Chinchilla

SUNNY SPOT: An aerial view of the land where the solar farm is proposed, with Pelican Back Rd in the foreground and Butts Rd heading off to the right.

Council is assessing an application for a new 264.2ha solar farm

Local Partners

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

The fact is Stefanovic is paid extremely well by a television network that lives and dies by ratings.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

Karl’s rant on Corby: ‘Made to look like idiots’

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Today co-host launched a tirade against Schapelle Corby media circus

Big Pineapple festival safety concerns as 100s walk home

LONG WALK HOME: Many festival goers opted to take a dangerous walk home due to transport difficulty following the Big Pineapple Festival in Woombye on Saturday.

Big Pineapple festival-goers have braved dangerous walks home

New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured with Police Commisioner Ian Stewart, has announced plans to build a new counter-terrorism facility in Wacol.

The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!