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Newman's One Nation forecast off: LNP

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016 Stuart Layt

Queensland's opposition leader disagrees with his former boss, Campbell Newman, that One Nation will likely form a coalition government with one of the major parties after the next state election.

Mr Newman made the comments this week before meeting with One Nation chief advisor James Ashby on Thursday in Brisbane.

Both the former Queensland premier and Mr Ashby played down the significance of the meeting, saying it had been an informal meetup in Mr Newman's new capacity as a political commentator.

Current Liberal National Party leader Tim Nicholls distanced himself from Mr Newman's comments on Friday, pointing out his new role as a commentator gave him different priorities.

"As Campbell has said, he's now a self-confessed commentator on political issues," Mr Nicholls told reporters in Cairns.

"We're not interested in the commentariat, we're interested in what real Queenslanders are saying."

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad on Friday said the LNP had been distracted by the actions of their former leader.

"Well it's very clear that Campbell Newman and the LNP are more focused on their jobs and how to get into cabinet rather than how to create jobs for Queenslanders," Ms Trad said.

Labor has previously said it would not do any preference deals with One Nation.

The LNP is yet to rule out a preference deal with One Nation and Mr Nicholls on Friday instead focused on the quality of LNP members and candidates across Queensland

"What we're doing is listening to Queenslanders, making sure we're hearing their concerns and asking people to put the LNP first," he said

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