Hanson gifts Longman back to Turnbull

THE LNP is set to win back the seat of Longman, with One Nation all but certain to preference Labor last.

And Susan Lamb's stepmother has denied claims the former Labor MP made in Parliament about her past.

Senator Hanson last night wrote to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, warning him that if Labor did a deal with the Greens - as in the last Federal Election - One Nation would put Labor last on its how-to-vote card in Longman, which covers most of the Moreton Bay region and Bribie Island.

Ms Lamb resigned from Parliament on Wednesday in the latest wave of the dual-citizenship saga but has already announced she will recontest the seat.

Maureen Cant, who was married to Ms Lamb's father and helped raise her, criticised her for telling Parliament in February that she was abandoned by her mother and raised by a single dad.

Susan Lamb announces her resignation from Parliament after the High Court decision. Picture: Gary Ramage
Susan Lamb announces her resignation from Parliament after the High Court decision. Picture: Gary Ramage

Ms Lamb was yesterday standing by the speech, insisting she delivered it so her electorate "could understand some of the traumatic circumstances of my childhood".

She told Parliament that her mother had abandoned her at age six, when she dropped her at school and never came back to pick her up.

She said she later "made an attempt to build a relationship, but, regrettably, that failed" and the estrangement made it impossible to obtain her parents' marriage certificate which she required to renounce her UK citizenship.

Ms Cant said Ms Lamb's family had been dragged through the mud needlessly to further her political career.

"There are members of the family, including me, who are really distressed with what she did," she said. "I am happy that at least she hasn't been able to get away with using that as an excuse, but I'm totally disappointed she could do that to our family."

 

Centre Alliance’s Rebekha Sharkie quit alongside the Labor MPs. Picture: Gary Ramage
Centre Alliance’s Rebekha Sharkie quit alongside the Labor MPs. Picture: Gary Ramage

 

Ms Lamb defended her address to Parliament, saying: "As I told the Parliament, a long time ago I made an attempt to rebuild a relationship with my mother but it failed.

"These events are from my childhood a number of decades ago. They are very painful and complex, and I will not be speaking further about it."

After a High Court ruling on Wednesday that Senator Katy Gallagher was ineligible to sit in the Upper House because she did not renounce her UK citizenship in time, Ms Lamb quit along with fellow Labor MPs Justine Keay and John Wilson as well as Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie.

Labor has begun the process of renouncing Ms Lamb's citizenship with the UK Home Office. By-elections will be held for the four - and ALP MP Tim Hammond, who is quitting for family reasons - possibly as early as June 16.

Preference flows from the 2016 Federal Election showing Pauline Hanson's influence.
Preference flows from the 2016 Federal Election showing Pauline Hanson's influence.

 

One Nation is set to decide Longman, which Labor won from the LNP by 1390 votes.

It was the only Queensland seat in which One Nation preferenced Labor above the LNP in the 2016 poll, which was pivotal in LNP MP Wyatt Roy's loss.

The LNP is vetting at least two candidates.

Former Kallangur MP Trevor Ruthenberg and ex-Morayfield candidate Jason Snow will likely face off in a preselection contest within 10 days, while One Nation announced its candidate, Matthew Stephen, yesterday.

Senator Hanson said her letter sought assurances that Labor would put the Greens last on its how-to-vote cards.

"One Nation cannot afford for the seat of Longman to be influenced by Greens policy and if Labor can't flick the preference deal with the Greens, I will put them at the bottom of One Nation preferences," Ms Hanson said.

 

Senator Pauline Hanson holds the key to the LNP winning Longman. Picture: Gary Ramage
Senator Pauline Hanson holds the key to the LNP winning Longman. Picture: Gary Ramage

 

In the 2016 poll, 56 per cent of One Nation's 8293 votes went to Labor.

One Nation state leader Steve Dickson said: "People are going to learn a lesson about preferences in this election".

LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said Ms Lamb had a lot to do to convince her colleagues she didn't mislead them.

"It appears from media reports that she actually lived with her (mother) until she was a young adult," he said. "I think that's something the voters in Longman ultimately would be very keen to hear about."

Mr Stephen said in Caboolture yesterday he would make seniors a priority.

"I bought my first home in this seat, I've been around this area for a long time," he said.

 

 

 



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