After Queenslanders voice their opinion in a recent referendum, it appears the state's Path to Treaty may be on shaky grounds. The driving force behind this stunning (potential) policy reversal? Pauline Hanson's One Nation party.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stated that the state's Path to Treaty would only progress with bipartisan support. However, with LNP's David Crisafulli claiming he is withdrawing his support after the overwhelming "No" vote in The Voice referendum, the future of the treaty now seems uncertain.
Can we trust them to keep their word? That is a role for Pauline Hanson, and the role she will play in the next state election; making the major parties keep their promise to back away from treaty negotiations.
Our read is they will flip their promise as the inner-city elites who most of the major parties listen to (rather than working battlers in the suburbs), whing and bleat about wanting a Treaty.
The major party decision came in the wake of the recent referendum in which Australia, significantly led by Queensland's majority vote, chose not to trash our Constitution and enshrine an Aboriginal Voice in the Constitution. In response to this change in sentiment, the Liberal National leader voiced concerns about the divisive nature of the debate and emphasised the importance of leaders truly listening to their constituents.
The Liberal National leader and each of his MPs originally voted in favour of the treaty process. This has caused One Nation to take the front foot and target the Liberal National party for their lack of concern for most Queenslander’s views.
The LNP's shift away from the treaty has been notably influenced by Pauline Hanson's One Nation party. Pauline Hanson, in leveraging the recent referendum results, has effectively put pressure on the LNP, particularly Mr. Crisafulli, to reconsider its stance on the "divisive" treaty.
Senator Hanson pointed out that "Conservative Queenslanders in particular will be furious with David Crisafulli's failure to represent their views about the path to treaty law." It is clear that we believe the overwhelming "No" vote in the referendum is a reflection of the people's wish, and political leaders should respect this stance.
Similar pressure is being applied to the South Australian Labor government, with The Hon. Sarah Game MLC, our One Nation representative, taking the lead to introduce legislation overturning the SA voice in their state.
The Queensland LNP's previous support for the Path to Treaty, which was passed with Liberal support in May, is now under significant scrutiny. One of the main reasons behind this reevaluation is the fact that this support had put them at odds with the party's federal branch, causing internal tensions.
Pauline Hanson's call to arms is seen as a pivotal role in how the major parties are now approaching the treaty issue. She has effectively used the referendum outcome to push the LNP to listen more closely to the public's voice, emphasising the importance of respecting the expressed wishes of Queenslanders.
As political leaders grapple with the ramifications of the recent referendum and its potential impact on the Path to Treaty, it is evident that Pauline Hanson's One Nation party, and their vocal stance on the issue, will continue to play a crucial role in shaping the political landscape in Queensland.