'King makers' One Nation to play tough with LNP-Labor

KING MAKER: One Nation Queensland leader and Member for Buderim Steve Dickson.
KING MAKER: One Nation Queensland leader and Member for Buderim Steve Dickson. Patrick Woods

LATEST polling has One Nation in the box seat to be king maker at the next state election but its Queensland leader is having none of it.

Member for Buderim, Steve Dickson, was taking a breather this weekend away from months of relentless activity since quitting the LNP in January to join Pauline Hanson's party, when news broke that ReachTel polling had placed it likely to gain the balance of power in any new government.

The polling of the voting intentions of 4000 Queenslanders found an election in the past week would have given the LNP a 52-48 majority over the Labor Party based on One Nation preferences.

Mr Dickson however warned One Nation would not be "jumping into bed with anybody".

"No one should take us for granted," he said. "I want to see Queensland move forward, the rail duplication, dams built and everyone given a fair shake."

The polls found that while party founder Pauline Hanson was viewed unfavourably by 42.3% of voters, much greater than for either Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk or LNP leader Tim Nicholls, she was also considered favourably by 36.4%.

That compares with only 24.7% who had a favourable opinion of Mr Nicholls and the 32.4% who saw the Premier in a positive light.

Mr Dickson, who has spent the weekend doing paving at his Buderim home, was dismissive.

"Nobody can pick this election," he said.

"What I do know is that significant change is coming. In my seat I am just as capable of winning or losing as anyone.

'On the statistical information I'll do it tough. I'm just working my backside off trying to look after the community.

"I'll be judged on my performance and hopefully will do okay. I think One Nation will do very well whether that's in holding the balance of power or the number of seats we win."

Mr Dickson, who a ReachTel poll for the Sunshine Coast Daily early this year showed he had no chance of retaining the blue ribbon LNP seat of Buderim, said change was occurring globally declaring that the real story.

He cited the Brexit result, the French national elections that wipe out both major parties, fundamental change wrought by the latest German polls and last week's New Zealand elections which left no clear winner as examples of that change.

"I don't think that's a bad thing," Mr Dickson said. "In Queensland that has no upper House of review, having balance of power can be a good thing."

Topics:  Annastacia Palaszczuk editors picks labor lnp one nation pauline hanson polls tim nicholls

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