Palmer’s UAP backs VLAD call
CALLS by independent MP Peter Wellington for the Redcliffe by-election to be treated as a referendum on the Newman Government's Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws have been supported by United Australia Party leader Alex Douglas.
Mr Douglas refuted claims yesterday by Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie that the majority of Queenslanders supported the laws.
He said it was his understanding the LNP's own polling showed that 75% of Queenslanders opposed the laws.
"They're polling, but they're not listening to it," Mr Douglas said.
An LNP spokesman rejected Mr Douglas's claims, describing them as incorrect.
"The LNP candidate for the Redcliffe by-election, Kerry-Anne Dooley, is a local nurse who is passionate about providing her community a strong voice in government,'' he said. "
The Newman Government is delivering on its promise to restore Queensland's economy as Australia's best performing, create more jobs and improve frontline services."
The spokesman did not, however, answer questions about whether the LNP was bracing for a VLAD backlash and whether the vote would be a judgment of its performance since winning office in 2012.
The United Australia Party, the state arm of the Palmer United Party, will not run a candidate in the Redcliffe by-election, which is scheduled for next month to replace disgraced LNP member Scott Driscoll.
Mr Douglas said UAP had done polling and believed it would have run close to winning the seat, but under the optional preferential voting system did not want to run the risk of inadvertently helping the LNP over the line.
He predicted victory for the ALP's Yvette D'Ath but said an independent, former police officer and Redcliffe Community Association member Len Thomas, should also poll strongly. Another in the field of six, Talosaga McMahon, served three terms as treasurer of the Sunshine Coast multicultural Festuri Festival and worked as a fundraiser for the Sunshine Sanctuary women's and children shelter.