NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has refused to rule out directing preferences to One Nation candidates at the 2019 NSW election.

In NSW Parliament today, Ms Berejiklian was asked if she will make the same commitment as the Labor Party and demand the Liberal Party not to direct its preferences to One Nation candidates.

Despite being asked a direct question Ms Berejiklian failed to give an answer.

At the weekend, Ms Berejiklian’s Western Australian counterpart Colin Barnett made the decision to preference One Nation ahead of his State’s elections.                                 

One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson has continued to make deeply offensive and racist remarks to the Sydney Chinese community and multicultural communities across the country. 

In 1996 she talked of being swamped by Asians and after the most recent Federal election she said: "You go and ask a lot of people in Sydney, at Hurstville or some of those other suburbs; they feel that they have been swamped by Asians.”

NSW Labor condemns her comments which seek to cause division within our communities.

NSW has a long and proud multicultural history and NSW Labor has longed pledged to not direct preferences to One Nation candidates.

Quotes attributable to Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“The resurgence of Pauline Hanson in Australian politics is dangerous and I condemn all of her racist remarks.

“Pauline Hanson seeks to spread ignorance and hateful bigotry and the Labor Party vows to take a strong stand against those sentiments.

“NSW Labor commits to never directing preferences to One Nation candidates in State elections.”