One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is at risk of losing her seat in the Senate as support for the Legalise Cannabis Australia (LCA) party floods the votes.
While the conservative Queensland senator still holds the lead, Queensland has a new kind of green sweeping the votes with a 4.9 per cent swing for the LCA’s candidate Bernard Bradley.
Hanson, who carried out the end of her campaign from home isolation after contracting Covid-19 on the eve of the election, says “the dust is yet to settle”.
“We won’t know the Senate results for several days to come, but I want to thank every Queenslander who has voted for me and every Australian who has supported One Nation at this election,” she wrote on Facebook.
As reported by Daily Mail Australia, Bradley, a criminal defence lawyer, says the LCA’s policies could be “life-changing”.
“It’s time to change these outdated laws and have a uniform approach that treats adults like adults, and in some instances, would be life-changing,” Bradley said.
The underdog candidate says he doesn’t want a “free-for-all”, but that he’s “fed up” with the wasteful resources around drug-related charges.
“There are numerous examples around the world where cannabis has been legalised and the sky hasn’t fallen in,” he said.
“Cannabis was actually legal everywhere in Australia until 1957 when we decided to jump on the USA bandwagon and ban it.”
After the Liberal Party’s (LNP) election loss, Peter Dutton is set to replace former Prime Minister Scott Morrison as leader of the Coalition.
Former Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has confirmed Dutton runs “unopposed” with Sussan Ley as his deputy.
As reported by the ABC, Andrews says the pair will “reshape the party”.
“He [Dutton] will be standing, unopposed, to take on the leadership and that means there’s no one else putting their hand up,” Andrews said.
“His deputy is almost certain to be Sussan Ley. Together, they will bring a team to appoint people into the shadow ministry and to reshape the party for the future.”
Thanks for the chat @mjrowland68 and @BreakfastNews. Great to share my views about the future of the Liberal party and its leadership. https://t.co/p5zdSmk1Az
— Karen Andrews MP (@karenandrewsmp) May 24, 2022
It was predicted Josh Frydenberg would battle Dutton for the LNP’s leadership role if Scott Morrison lost, however, the former Treasurer lost his seat of Kooyong to an Independent, leaving Dutton as the only contender for the job.
“Today, I contacted Dr Monique Ryan to congratulate her on the election result in Kooyong,” Frydenberg wrote on Twitter.
“It’s been an incredible privilege to have served as the local member for the last 12 years. Kooyong, thank you.”