Steve Dickson's decision to bring Senator Pauline Hanson to his Buderim electorate rather than his own boss, LNP Opposition leader Tim Nicholls, has been slammed by the Premier.
Steve Dickson's decision to bring Senator Pauline Hanson to his Buderim electorate rather than his own boss, LNP Opposition leader Tim Nicholls, has been slammed by the Premier. DAN PELED

Premier slams Steve Dickson's One Nation dance

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has roasted Buderim MP Steve Dickson LNP for bringing One Nation Party head Senator Pauline Hanson to the Sunshine Coast to discuss infrastructure rather than his own party's leader.

Responding to a question from Member for Barron River, Craig Crawford, has to whether she had met with Queensland senators to discuss important funding initiatives the Premier pounced.

"Mr Speaker, those opposite obviously do not want their own leader to come and visit them. It is very sad," she said.

Ms Palaszczuk then pointed out that Senator Hanson had made clear she would not be standing a One Nation candidate against Mr Dickson at the next state election likely to be held at the end of 2017.

Ms Hanson met Mr Dickson on the Sunshine Coast on October 6 telling the Sunshine Coast Daily: "My attitude is when you've got a good member of parliament who is representing the people and who is there for the people, you don't try to get rid of them".

Should Steve Dickson have brought an LNP leader to the Coast instead of Pauline Hanson?

This poll ended on 20 October 2016.

Current Results

Yes. His own party is in power in Canberra.

15%

No. He should invite whoever he wants to.

45%

If the Coast benefits I don't care who he invites.

38%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"You could have knocked me over with a feather." the Premier said.

"He met with Senator Pauline Hanson from One Nation. In fact, he invited her to his electorate to show her around and also to talk about some infrastructure funding.

"I find it ironic: Why did he not invite his own leader to Buderim to talk about things?

"I find it highly ironic and perhaps the Leader of the Opposition can explain to us why he did not attend this very important meeting.

"In fact, the member for Buderim also did a deal with One Nation and we are yet to see the Leader of the Opposition stand up in this House and rule out a deal. Who else is going to invite them to their electorate?"

In answering Mr Crawford's question Ms Palaszczuk said she had met Labor Senator Anthony Chisholm regarding the release of federal infrastructure money.

"In fact, one of the few things that I agreed with Tony Abbott on was the setting up of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund but, unfortunately, the federal government has refused to release any of that money," she said.

"Some $5 billion is sitting there and Senator Chisholm said to me very clearly that he is also going to stand up for Queensland and fight for this in Canberra. Projects like the Hells Gate Dam and the Cairns and Rockhampton Airport expansions could also benefit from this fund, so we should work very hard. We should also see those opposite fighting very hard to ensure that these funds can get out the door."



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