Pauline Hanson declares for Lockyer in Queensland election
PAULINE Hanson has declared for the seat of Lockyer in the 2015 Queensland election saying she would fight for the farmers and against coal seam gas.
Ms Hanson, who returned recently to lead the One Nation party, made the announcement at a Crowley Vale farm in the electorate saying she was prepared to "go in all guns blazing."
Ms Hanson lives in the Beaudesert electorate but said her property was just 8km from the Lockyer area and she had a connection to the Lockyer Valley that goes back to her great-grandparents who farmed in the area.
"Farming is in dire straits; if it is not the government's red and green tape shutting them down, it is the banks or imports," Ms Hanson said.
"If we do not support our farmers we will be a nation that will not be able to feed itself."
"This is a great farming area and farming is very important to me. I've stood up against the deregulation of the dairy industry and I've stood up for the orange growers," she said.
Ms Hanson said she would campaign against the privatisation of water resources.
"The farmers are denied the access to water and are not encouraged to put more dams on their property," she said.
Ms Hanson also spoke out against coal seam gas.
"Coal seam gas may look good on paper but are we allowing international companies to come out and destroy our country, make millions of dollars out of it and let the profits leave Australia?" she said.
Ms Hanson said she wouldn't be commenting on multicultural issues in the campaign saying it was a federal issue not a state issue however she did say her ancestors from Ireland assimilated into Australia and "multiculturalism was dividing Australia as a nation".
The seat of Lockyer has been held by the LNP's Ian Rickuss since 2004 however One Nation won the seat in 1998 and retained it in the 2001 election.
The next election must be held by the middle of 2015.