ONE Nation candidates will contest the seats of Mackay, Mirani and Whitsunday in the next state election.
ONE Nation candidates will contest the seats of Mackay, Mirani and Whitsunday in the next state election. Amber Hooker

One Nation candidates to contest Mackay, Mirani, Whitsunday

ONE Nation candidates will contest the seats of Mackay, Mirani and Whitsunday in the next state election.

One Nation national and state secretary Jim Savage said the party would publicly endorse candidates for the seats in the next 10 days.

Mr Savage said the party had received mass support in north Queensland and that he had heard from "dozens" of people interested in running in the election.

The populist right-wing party, led by Pauline Hanson, is best known for its anti-immigration stance.

In state politics, Mr Savage said One Nation would campaign for abolishing the Safe Schools program and reforming the Department of Child Safety because "too many children are dying of neglect".

Across the state, 30 candidates have been endorsed by One Nation but are yet to be named.

The Australia has reported that that number could grow to 60.

"It's only early days. We will be contesting a significant number of seats but how many, I don't know. It depends on how good the candidates are that we can find," Mr Savage said.

In selecting candidates, Mr Savage said, One Nation looked for people who were "loyal", had "self-belief" were "colour blind" and had "good Christian ethics".

He said Queenslanders were tired of politicians standing for "mediocrity" and that the "last leader" in the state had been Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

Would you vote for One Nation in our region?

This poll ended on 24 November 2016.

Current Results

Yes

56%

No

43%

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

Back to the 90s?

Mr Savage said the support One Nation was receiving was similar to what the party experienced in Queensland in 1998 - when it took out 11 state government seats, including Whitsunday.

In that election, Labor won Mackay and the Nationals won Mirani.

Now, Mr Savage believes the party has an "excellent chance" at the next election.

"We haven't had a feeling like this since 1998," he said.

"There is a big difference now, where the party is more mature, a lot more sophisticated and we're a lot smarter.

Mackay has been held by Labor since 1942.

Mirani, won by Labor in the 2015 election, has traditionally been held by the National Party.

Whitsunday is a marginal seat. It has been held by by both the ALP and (currently) the LNP since Harry Black won it for One Nation in 1998.



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