Barnaby Joyce isn’t happy about One Nation election deal

The WA election has everyone talking - and the Nationals aren't happy about the latest development.
Barnaby Joyce isn't happy the Liberal party will preference One Nation ahead of the Nationals for the Upper House at the upcoming WA election. Source: YouTube

As you’ve no doubt heard, the West Australian election is just weeks away and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party is climbing up the polls.

On the weekend it was announced the WA Liberal party would preference One Nation ahead of the Nationals in the Upper House.

In return, they’ve done a deal for One Nation to preference them above Labor in the Lower House.

It’s a deal that’s in stark contrast to the Liberal Party’s long-standing position of putting One Nation last in preferences.

You might be wondering what the Nationals have to say about this deal?

Well, as the ABC reported this morning, Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce isn’t happy.

He said the most successful governments in Australia were Coalition governments of Liberals and Nationals.

“When you step away from that, there’s one thing you can absolutely be assured of – you’re going to be in opposition,” he said.

“This is a disappointing move. I hope the architects of it clearly understand the ramifications of the decision that they’re a party to.”

And of course both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott have weighed into the debate.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters at a doorstop this morning preferences were a matter for the WA branch of the Liberals.

“They have got to make their judgement based on their assessment of their electoral priorities,” he said.

“Their objective, you have got to remember is to persuade people to vote Liberal and to return the Barnett Government.”

Reporters also questioned Turnbull over Arthur Sinodinos’ comments that One Nation were a more sophisticated party now than they had been in the past.

“One Nation has got three Senate seats at the moment after the recount in Western Australia, it is likely then to have four once again,” he said.

“It is a substantial cross bench party in the Senate and it is taking a policy position on a wide range of issues. It is not a single issue party. It is not a single personality party.

“We deal with it constructively and respectfully because we respect the fact that each of those One Nation Senators has been democratically elected.”

It’s different to what the Prime Minister said before the last election, when he said One Nation weren’t a “welcome presence on the Australian political scene”.

Abbott on the other hand said he’d still put One Nation ahead of Labor.

“And I’d be putting the National Party ahead of everyone,” he told Radio 2GB.

“Because the National Party are our Coalition partners in Canberra and in most states, and they’re our alliance partners in Western Australia.”

What do you think? Should the Liberals and One Nation have done a deal? Do you think it will help the Liberals win the WA election?

  1. Danny  

    What a pitty they have to do deals would be far better if each party run on their own merits , so the true winners would be the ones that that run the country as voted by the people and for the people or to put it in it correct manner a real Democratic vote ,real good example of none democracy compulsory voting where you get to vote for the party you really don’t want in but your getting anyhow

  2. Mick  

    Winner Should be first past the post!

  3. Doug Powell  

    One Vote one value, liberal/national/one nation/greens will never agree to that while their arses are pointing to the ground, BECAUSE NONE OF THEM WOULD EVER WIN, END OF STORY.

  4. Joan Tisdell  

    I agree with Mick, there should be no preferences, the winner should be first past the post! When I give my vote for a candidate that’s who I’m voting for, NOONE else! Wake up Australia, forget preferences and give the positions to the outright winner on the primary vote!

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