PREMIER MUST FINALLY RULE OUT DEAL WITH ONE NATION NOW PARTY TO STAND IN 2019 NSW ELECTION

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The NSW Labor Opposition is demanding Premier Gladys Berejiklian finally rule out striking a deal to direct Liberal preferences to One Nation in next year’s state election now that the far right party has registered to run candidates.

The NSW Electoral Commission confirmed yesterday that One Nation would stand at the March 2019 election.

Ms Berejiklian has consistently refused to rule out striking any deal with One Nation, despite being given ample opportunity to do so.

On at least seven occasions in the NSW Parliament Question Time Labor has asked both the Liberals and their Coalition partners, the Nationals, to rule out a deal, but on every occasion the Premier and her Ministers have avoided answering the question, often tendering the fact that the party had yet to register as an excuse.

Their failure to do so has only fuelled speculation that the Liberals in NSW would follow the lead of other state branches, namely Western Australia, where the party directed voters to preference One Nation in how to vote cards in last year’s state election.

As the leader of the Liberal Party in NSW Ms Berejiklian has the power to rule out directing voters to preference One Nation.

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

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.”

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

Labor will not do any preference deals with One Nation and Labor will not give preferences to One Nation at the 2019 state election. 

“I challenge Gladys Berejiklian and John Barilaro to make the same commitment on behalf of the Liberal and National parties.

“What puts the One Nation political party beyond the pale is their racially discriminatory policies.

“No mainstream party should deal with a party that trades in racial discrimination.

“Pauline Hanson has built a career on publicly denouncing Asian, Aboriginal and Muslim Australians.”