ALP, LNP race for opposition: One Nation

July 17, 2017

LNP leader Tim Nicholls says he won't make deals with One Nation at the Queensland election.

The Queensland Labor government reckons the LNP hasn't closed the door on doing a deal with Pauline Hanson's One Nation party at the state election, despite Tim Nicholls ruling out a formal coalition.

The Opposition Leader told the LNP's state convention on Sunday that the Liberal National Party would not enter a formal coalition with One Nation, which is polling strongly in the state.

Mr Nicholls pointed to earlier Queensland elections such as in 1998 which saw strong One Nation success at the expense on the mainstream conservative parties.

"There will be no deal with One Nation; no shared ministry and no coalition," Mr Nicholls said.

"The LNP is the only conservative party that can fix Labor's mess."

But Palaszczuk government Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said on Sunday the LNP hadn't ruled out preference deals with One Nation.

She also pushed back at Mr Nicholls' claims that reelecting Labor would mean higher power prices.

Ms D'Ath said the government was happy to let their record stand against the LNP's for voters to compare, especially on issues such as power prices.

"It is a Labor government who is committed to renewables and clean energy, which will see further downward pressure on power prices into the future," Ms D'Ath said.

The state election is due by early May 2018, but is still tipped to be called before the end of this year.

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