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.
"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.
Yes. They put him in, not One Nation
No. He's following where his constituents are heading
No. The LNP has lost its way
Depends on his stance on key issues
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."