Grant Goldman Editorial Tuesday 3 October 2017

Queensland Polls

Five months ago on Monday the first of May 2017 I broadcast an editorial on the subject of company tax, and the same editorial was rebroadcast over the whole of the Super Radio Network soon after 5am on Tuesday the second of May 2017

The subject of the editorial was the urgent need to slash company tax.  I said we should forget all that rubbish about reductions in company tax helping the big end of town. Everyone who listened to the Budget Reply Speech by Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten will have noticed that “the big end of town” was the most popular expression in the vocabulary of the Opposition Leader.

The explanation for Mr Shorten’s descent to the depths of class warfare is that there is no significant ideological difference between the Turnbull-Morrison-Joyce Coalition and the Shorten-Bowen Labor Party. So Bill Shorten sees his only route to political product differentiation as leaping to the left.  He is wrong of course. Responsible Labor leaders including Paul Keating in Australia and Sir Roger Douglas in New Zealand have proved the wisdom of the economics of common sense.

Five months ago in that same broadcast I pointed out that Senator Pauline Hanson is one political leader who understands that cutting company rates is about creating Australian jobs and paying higher wages to Australians. In her Budget reply speech Senator Pauline Hanson also made clear that she opposes the outrageous plundering of Australians who like to enjoy a beer or a smoke. Australians pay more for cigarettes than anyone else in the world, with daylight second and New Zealand third.

The latest poll figures from Queensland make very clear that Queenslanders appreciate the Pauline Hanson approach and approve of the quality of the candidates she is backing for the Queensland election.  Here is what the Courier Mail has to say.

According to Reachtel, Labor’s vote has sunk to 32.1 per cent compared to 37.5 per cent at the 2015 state election.  The LNP has suffered a more profound fall from grace with the party’s vote plummeting from 41.3 to 30.6 since its defeat. However, One Nation has secured 18.1 per cent of the statewide vote in a staggering renaissance. And most supporters of Pauline Hanson’s political outfit are picking the LNP as their second choice under new compulsory preferential voting laws rush through Parliament by Labor to lock in Greens support. On a two-party-preferred basis, the LNP leads Labor 52 per cent to 48 per cent. However, the result would likely see One Nation’s return to Queensland Parliament for the first time since 2009 with the party’s support likely to be concentrated in areas where it won in 1998. These include seats like Thuringowa, Burdekin and Hervey Bay in the regions as well as Lockyer and Ipswich West in the southeast corner.

To that list of likely wins for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, I would certainly add the electorate of Buderim, where the popular sitting member is the Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Queensland State Leader, Steve Dickson.  Steve Dickson defected from the Liberal National Party.  It is a courageous move to put your career on the line. Steve Dickson is a courageous and purposeful Parliamentarian, which explains why he and Senator Pauline Hanson make such a good team.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is a much more mature and focused organisation than the party which won eleven seats in Queensland in 1998.  A good deal of the credit is due to the thorough professionalism of senior adviser James Ashby. Another factor is that people no longer believe the anti-Hanson scare campaigns of the past.

The strong impression I receive from Super Radio Network listeners in Queensland is that Queenslanders feel very relaxed about the prospect of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation being part of a Coalition Government.

What needs to be said about Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is that this is political party which has never sought or accepted a donation from overseas, and this is a political party which has never had a political lobbyist in a position of influence.  Very likely there is not even a political lobbyist anywhere in the One Nation membership.  What a good thing that would be.

What he said.

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