Dickson coy on Ashby attempt at Bleijie's seat
ONE Nation Queensland leader and Member for Buderim Steve Dickson has refused to confirm whether or not James Ashby will run for the party in the seat of Kawana.
Responding to questions at a policy launch at Caloundra, Mr Dickson said Mr Ashby would do well in Kawana against sitting LNP Member Jarrod Bleijie if he chose to run.
But he would not confirm if the controversial former LNP staffer would line up for One Nation at the next state election.
"That will be a matter for James. He will be assessed along with the other candidates," Mr Dickson said.
He also sidestepped questions about whether or not sitting LNP member for Everton Tim Mander, who he supported in a failed leadership coup, was in talks about joining One Nation.
"That's a matter for any sitting Member of Parliament. I'm not going to drop any MP in it whatsoever," he said.
Mr Dickson said the party was talking with sitting and ex-MPs, sitting and ex-councillors, through to welders about running as candidates.
Mr Dickson said One Nation planned to field candidates in every seat of Queensland and there would be no safe seats in the state for any party.
He warned that any party expecting to govern with One Nation's help could expect to have to offer ministerial seats in return.
"It would be done on a pro rata basis as far as I'm concerned," Mr Dickson said.
Mr Dickson claimed a "seismic change" was happening in Queensland politics which he likened to a tsunami "moving very quickly under water" that would surprise people.
He faced a series of wide-ranging questions at a media conference at the Caloundra Men's Shed at the launch of a One Nation policy benefiting non-profit organisations.
The party proposes to offer non-profit community groups on State Government land 90-year leases in exchange for peppercorn rent.