Pauline Hanson announces her state election candidates.
Pauline Hanson announces her state election candidates. Amber Hooker

One Nation candidates named, but do you know them?

PAULINE Hanson's One Nation Party has revealed its three Sunshine Coast candidates for the next state election.

Steven Ford will go head-to-head with Speaker and long-standing Independent, Peter Wellington for the seat of Nicklin, Tracey Bell-Henselin will challenge the LNP's Andrew Powell for Glass House and Red Jones will challenge the LNP's Mark McArdle for the seat of Caloundra.

Despite plans for One Nation to run candidates in all seats across the Sunshine Coast, except Buderim, only three were revealed when the party announced its 36 candidates for Queensland this afternoon.

No candidates have been put forward for Fiona Simpson's seat of Maroochydore, Glen Elmes seat of Noosa or Jarrod Bleijie's seat of Kawana.

Jim Savage, who was elected chair of the Mature Australia Party only four months ago, has now been revealed as One Nation's Queensland campaign manager.

 

One Nation's campaign manager Jim Savage.
One Nation's campaign manager Jim Savage. John McCutcheon

Mr Savage, who has lived on the Sunshine Coast for years, has also been confirmed as the candidate for Lockyer.

Scant details are available on the three candidates vying for positions on the Sunshine Coast.

The only candidate the Daily could find any kind of background on was Ms Bell-Henselin who stood for the Rise Up Australia Party's seat of Fisher in the July federal election.

 

Tracey Bell-Henselin will stand for the seat of Glass House.
Tracey Bell-Henselin will stand for the seat of Glass House. Tessa Mapstone

Ms Bell-Henselin runs "women of worth and destiny" and was once also the Queensland State Manager for Destiny Rescue, the respected group that rescues women from sex slavery.

She previously advocated against the Safe School Program and believe in "traditional marriage".

"No government has the authority to redefine marriage or the family unit. Every child needs a mum and dad, both are equally important and designed to nurture identity, worth, character and love in each child's heart, soul, mind," she said when standing for RUAP.

Mr Savage told ABC radio this morning the 36 candidates had been chosen with the intention of avoiding in-party conflict like that which occurred in the 1998 election.

"In 1998 we could have chosen our candidates better," he said of the election that saw the party win 11 seats across the state.

"Some of the candidates were tremendous, but we did have some disappointing results from some of our candidates, there's no point in denying it."

Other One Nation candidates include an American-born nurse with a PhD, Dr Jane Truscott, who will stand for the seat of Bundaberg.

Dr Truscott told the Courier Mail she admired American president-elect Donald Trump, whom she believes has sparked a worldwide nationalist movement that "challenges the status quo".

"While some of what he has said and done is considered socially inappropriate, he has nonetheless provided a political force which gives the American people a voice," she said.



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