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Nov 8, 2017

Crikey Worm: Libs rule out One Nation deal

One Nation has inked a preference deal with the Katter Australia Party, a controversial Melbourne Cup and a Coles shelfstacker's defiance may pay dividends. 

Good morning, early birds. One Nation has inked a preference deal with the Katter Australia Party, a controversial Melbourne Cup and a Coles shelfstacker’s defiance may pay dividends. 

NO ONE NATION DEAL

The Liberal National Party and One Nation will not exchange preferences in the Queensland state election, both parties say, as Pauline Hanson’s group seeks to bag enough seats to make it a major player after the November 25 poll.

LNP state president Gary Spence has told The Australian his party will not make any deal with the minor party, ruling out local preference swaps. One Nation plans to put the Greens last in every seat and then preference the incumbent Labor or LNP MP second last.

Having returned from her travels to India over the weekend, Hanson is now campaigning in Queensland and has inked a preference deal with Katter’s Australia Party, with both set to preference the other above Labor and the LNP. One Nation remains likely to win the balance of power in Queensland’s single house of parliament but Hanson is refusing to explain which party she would elevate to government in such a circumstance.

“We will be prepared to talk and make compromises and I will expect the same respect from Tim Nicholls or Annastacia Palaszczuk,” Hanson said. One Nation is running candidates in just 61 seats out of a possible 93.

Palaszczuk has refused to rule out a coalition with the Greens, who are threatening Labor Deputy Premier Jackie Trad’s seat of South Brisbane. In a boost for Trad, the LNP is set to preference her above the Greens, the Courier Mail reports.

PONIES, PUNTERS, AND POLITICS

The Melbourne cup has come and gone for another year with Rekindling claiming the win.

The final result has provoked further questions about the advantage big, wealthy players hold over horse racing. Millionaire businessman Lloyd Williams owned both horses competing down the final stretch, while the son of Irish training master Aidan O’Brien, Joseph, became the youngest trainer to raise the cup.

The day was not without its controversies, with refugee advocates unfurling a banner from a crane at the race track that read “SOS: EVACUATE MANUS NOW”, with another protester parking their car on train tracks, holding up commuters. One woman has been arrested and is likely to be charged over the latter action. 

As per tradition, a horse was put down after a fall in race four.

Better luck for Melbourne man Dom Clemente, however, who took home $1 million on the back of a $10 bet.

SHELF-STACKER BEATS COLES

Weekend staff at Coles could be about to win back full penalty rates after shelf-stacker Penny Vickers came to an agreement with the goliath company.

Vickers had pursued Coles at the Fair Work Commission, attempting to terminate an agreement negotiated by the conservative Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association. With Vickers and the company agreeing to settle, 77,000 workers are now likely to have their penalty rates increased.

Coles had earlier described the case as a “rolling royal commission”.

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WHAT’S ON TODAY

Melbourne: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leaders Bill Shorten meet to see if they can come to a bipartisan agreement on how to resolve the MP dual-citizen crisis.

Adelaide: South Australian political big wigs Jay Weatherill, Steven Marshall, and Nick Xenophon do breakfast and media with the Australian Medical Association.

Melbourne: Former Governor General Sir Ninian Stephen farewelled with a state funeral.

Sydney: Supporters of Aboriginal man David Dungay Jr rally outside the coroner’s court to draw attention to black deaths in custody.

Canberra: CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall speaks at the National Press Club. 

Burnie: Tasmanian man to appear in court on charges deriving from alleged bashing of nine “little penguins” to death.

THE COMMENTARIAT

Leader on life support shows fatal lack of nous — Peta Credlin (The Australian $): “Under current rules, and Turnbull’s new citizenship plan, there is no automatic referral to the High Court of questionable cases even if someone were to check them. Turnbull will shortly leave this mess behind and head overseas leaving Julie Bishop as acting PM; here’s that lack of judgment again.”

Rupert Murdoch may have changed tack on succession planning — Tony Boyd (Australian Financial Review $): “His major supporter in recent years, particularly in a bitter proxy battle three years ago, Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, is under house arrest in a hotel in Riyadh. The loss of his support could affect the Murdoch family’s ability to control a company that they own through dual voting shares.”

CRIKEY QUICKIE: THE BEST OF YESTERDAY

Our empathy will not save the souls on Manus — Helen Razer: “This Enlightenment-era tenet — that individual good will leads to public good — is big and is back. If everyone were better, so our new idealists have it, then the world would be a better place. Even if this were true — even if the institutions and complexes we have built to govern the planet were not, in fact, machines and somehow actually capable of squishy human feeling — it remains unclear how individual goodness could be universally imposed.”

Turnbull’s faux-audit not the temporary fix he desperately needs — Bernard Keane: “Now, amid the citizenship crisis and everything else, the talk is that Turnbull is terminal, that anything is better than this. And his enemies within the party may not have to lift a finger.”

The revolution we had to have — Guy Rundle: “Lenin would argue this dual approach should continue for decades (the free-trade “Special Economic Zones” he established with US millionaire Armand Hammer was the beginnings of neoliberalism, discuss). After his death, the party’s “left” — hankering after immediate communisation — opposed it. Stalin crushed them, then took their policies and crushed the right.”

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