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One Nation Gold Coast candidate withdraws

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016 Ed Jackson

One Nation's bid to win power in the 2018 Queensland election has taken a hit with a Gold Coast man withdrawing his candidacy from Pauline Hanson's party.

Less than two days after being unveiled as one of the 36 candidates Ms Hanson hopes can guide One Nation to victory, Andy Semple has withdrawn from the party as the candidate for the seat of Currumbin.

Mr Semple, a financial business adviser and first-time political candidate, took to Twitter on Monday night to announce his withdrawal.

"It seems #PHON (Pauline Hanson's One Nation) only likes certain types of Freedom of Expression," Mr Semple tweeted.

It's reported Mr Semple had been asked to delete a tweet from his personal account by One Nation hierarchy and refused.

"If I delete one today they will ask me to delete another tomorrow," he told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

Mr Semple's Twitter feed includes comments about burqas being banned, describing vegans as "miserable people" and that women with unshaven armpits are "not cool at all".

The LNP holds the seat of Currumbin, with former Newman government minister Jann Stuckey having been the member since 2004.

Ms Stuckey held the seat in the 2015 election despite a 15 per cent swing against her.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce dismissed Ms Hanson's claims her party is gunning to win the Queensland election.

Mr Joyce said One Nation's success at this year's federal poll had similarities to Clive Palmer's short-lived political rise.

"I must say I've seen this movie before," he said.

"Last time it was called Clive Palmer, and this time it's called One Nation."

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