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Qld LNP, One Nation preference deal 'open'

AAP logoAAP 25/08/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Queensland's Liberal National Party (LNP) is leaving the door open to preference One Nation ahead of Labor at the next state election.

LNP leader Tim Nicholls was repeatedly pressed about a One Nation preference deal on the opening day of the party's state convention in Brisbane, which he responded to by saying any decisions would be made by the state executive.

"In terms of the issue of preferences, that is a matter that is still open," he said on Friday.

LNP President Gary Spence has gone further.

"While I agree with (Mr Nicholls) that we need to listen to our branches and our members, I think the overwhelming majority will agree that we need to put Labor and the Greens last at the next election," he said.

Mr Spence says that doesn't mean the LNP is "getting into bed with One Nation".

"What we're doing is sending a message that Queensland simply can't afford another three years of this Labor government."

Mr Nicholls said he would support the decision of a local branch, a local member and the state executive if that meant a One Nation preference deal.

He said Labor had created the issue by by introducing compulsory preferential voting with little notice and lost all moral high ground by telling voters to put the LNP last at the 2015 and 2016 federal elections.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was disappointing to see Mr Nicholls discussing preferences so far out from the election, which is due by 2018.

"Obviously what Tim Nicholls wants is a Nicholls-Hanson government," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Mr Nicholls said the party would aim to govern in its own right, but in his address to party faithful also acknolwedged One Nation as a "new threat".

One Nation re-emerged as a political force at this year's federal election, with leader Pauline Hanson and her Queensland colleague Malcolm Roberts among four Senators to enter the upper house.

Mr Nicholls said he disagreed with many of Senator Hanson's views, but he also acknowledged that a large number of people voted for her.

A spokesman for Senator Hanson said One Nation had so far held no preference discussions with the Queensland LNP.

Labor has already signalled it will preference One Nation last.

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