The LNP’s proposed plan to preference the Greens ahead of Labor is a risk to Queensland’s economic recovery, Senator Anthony Chisholm has warned.
Senator Chisholm said the proposed preference deal was an admission from Deb Frecklington that the LNP could not form government in its own right, given the party was also actively working to help One Nation across the line in some seats.
“The strategy is clearly to help the Greens win seats in Brisbane, One Nation win in regional areas and then cobble together a minority government with support from the extreme left and extreme right.”
“That’s a terrible outcome for Queensland and a risk to our economic recovery.”
Senator Chisholm said the state needed a strong government that wasn’t beholden to minority voices to lead it out of this downturn.
He said the strategy was a clear sign of how the LNP had lost its way.
“The old National and Liberal parties would never have copped these kinds of deals,” he said.
“Can you imagine Jeff Seeney or Lawrence Springborg partnering up with the Greens?”
He called on LNP members to take a stand against the dangerous proposal.
“Where’s Matt Canavan on this? Where’s Ken O’Dowd and Michelle Landry?”