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Pauline Hanson wants to turn Qld cops into sharpshooters

Pauline Hanson and Steve Dickson attend a community BBQ in Buderim.
Pauline Hanson and Steve Dickson attend a community BBQ in Buderim. Patrick Woods

BUDERIM MP and One Nation state leader Steve Dickson wants to turn Queensland cops into sharp shooters, unveiling a policy allowing police officers to take their service weapons home to practice at shooting ranges.

The announcement came after party leader and Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson declared her plans to acquire her shooting licence when she found the time, after a pistol shooting session at North Arm with Mr Dickson.

He slammed current arrangements, which he said only allowed police officers to do firearm training once a year.

"You want to make sure they don't miss (if called upon to shoot)," Mr Dickson said.

Mr Dickson also called on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to dump the Cross River Rail plan, declaring it was "not needed until 2036" and instead direct funding to coal-fired power in the state's north and heavy rail duplication for the Sunshine Coast.

He took a swipe at LNP leader Tim Nicholls, declaring Mr Nicholls' idea for a privately-owned coal-fired power station as "asset sales by stealth".

Senator Hanson then took centre stage, refusing to comment on Senator Malcolm Roberts' latest citizenship woes in the High Court.

She did officially rule chief of staff James Ashby out of the running for the seat of Kawana currently occupied by former Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.

She declared Mr Ashby far too valuable an asset as her "right hand man" to allow him a run at state politics.

Senator Hanson said the outcome of the next Queensland Election was very much up in the air.

 

Pauline Hanson and Steve Dickson attend a community BBQ in Buderim. Pauline Hanson and Shane Truscott.
Pauline Hanson and Steve Dickson attend a community BBQ in Buderim. Pauline Hanson and Shane Truscott. Patrick Woods

"Who knows how many seats we're going to win in Queensland," she said.

"I don't have a crystal ball."

She referred to Mr Dickson as the "de facto Premier", although Mr Dickson would not say whether his seat was safe or not.

"Everybody's concerned about their seat," he said.

"We've got a fair bit of support in Buderim."

Topics:  community crime editors picks pauline hanson's one nation police politics queensland state election state politics sunshine coast


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