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QLD Labor Boss Says Pauline Hanson Talking 'Absolute Crap' Over Preference Claims

Hanson claimed ALP approached her with an election deal.

13/02/2017 3:56 PM AEDT | Updated 13/02/2017 5:05 PM AEDT

CANBERRA -- The state secretary of the Queensland Labor Party has two words for Pauline Hanson -- "absolute crap".

The big political story of the day in Canberra is on the West Australian Liberal Party striking a preference deal with One Nation in the upcoming state election. Labor has been hammering the Liberals all day, questioning why the party went away from the Howard-era promises to always preference One Nation last.

But party leader Hanson had her own hammer to drop on Monday, claiming in the Senate that the QLD ALP approached her with a deal to "run dead" in certain seats.

"Labor has approached One Nation for preferences," she claimed, as the Labor side of the chamber jeered and laughed.

"Evan Moorhead, the Queensland state secretary, he called my staff on January 25th of this year and wanted to do a grubby deal with us. Evan Moorehead wanted One Nation to run dead in Queensland Labor seats and in return Labor would run dead in One Nation strongholds, or in seats they had no chance of winning."

The Huffington Post Australia has contacted the QLD ALP for comment, but Moorhead himself quickly responded on Twitter. He was blunt in shrugging off Hanson's claims.

We'll update you if QLP ALP get back to us with a more substantive comment, but Moorhead also spoke to The Guardian and called Hanson's claims "absolute nonsense".


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