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One Nation volunteers sprung handing out LNP flyers

One Nation volunteers caught handing out LNP how to vote cards.
One Nation volunteers caught handing out LNP how to vote cards. contributed

LIBERAL National Party candidates and volunteers are receiving "judicious counselling" after a One Nation supporter was caught handing out the party's how-to-vote cards in Gladstone.

Photos from the pre-polling booth in Gladstone on Tuesday show two One Nation volunteers, donning the orange and blue, but handing out LNP flyers.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the photos proved the two parties were working together, while LNP leader Tim Nicholls continues to fend off speculation about a deal with Pauline Hanson's party to help form government.

LNP state director Michael O'Dwyer yesterday spoke to the LNP state electoral council chair about One Nation's assistance for the LNP in Gladstone.

One Nation volunteers pictured at the Gladstone pre-polling booth handing out how to vote cards for the Liberal National Party.
One Nation volunteers pictured at the Gladstone pre-polling booth handing out how to vote cards for the Liberal National Party.

He said the chair would undertake "judicious counselling" with LNP's candidates and volunteers.

Mr Butcher said the pre-polling support between the two parties "paints a picture" and was "confirmation a vote for One Nation is a vote for the LNP".

Shocked the photos were leaked online, 20-year-old LNP candidate Chay Conaglen said it was nothing more than "lovely" volunteers lending a hand.

"I'm disappointed the Labor Party would try to make something out of this," he said.

Liberal National Party candidate for Gladstone Chay Conaglen has handed out how to vote cards at the pre polling booth almost every day.
Liberal National Party candidate for Gladstone Chay Conaglen has handed out how to vote cards at the pre polling booth almost every day. Tegan Annett

Mr Conaglen said he was not at the pre-polling booth on Tuesday morning because he was at a National Seniors Association meet-the-candidates event.

"It's actually been quite hard to get volunteers here," he said.

"Most of ours are seniors, so it makes it hard.

"The election was such short notice too."

One Nation's Gladstone candidate Amy Lohse at the Gladstone polling booth.
One Nation's Gladstone candidate Amy Lohse at the Gladstone polling booth. Tegan Annett

Mr Conaglen and One Nation candidate Amy Lohse preference each other second in their how-to-vote cards, with Ms Lohse saying she had "no interest in seeing Labor or LNP elected in Gladstone".

"The support for One Nation is very strong and I believe we have a strong shot at winning Gladstone," she said.

"It has been expressed clearly to One Nation volunteers that if they are not interested in supporting One Nation and myself succeed in the state election I do not want them on polling booths."

Mr Butcher, contesting his seat for a second term, said One Nation and the LNP struggled to find volunteers "because their candidates aren't local".

"We have volunteers here doing the right thing, handing out flyers for their own party," Mr Butcher said.

Topics:  glenn butcher liberal national party one nation qldelection2017



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