Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will recommend One Nation be preferenced below the Labor on the Liberal Party‘s how to vote cards, having spent the last week trying to avoid the issue.
Speaking to media on Thursday morning, Morrison stopped short of giving in to growing pressure demanding he preference Pauline Hanson’s One Nation last. When asked if One Nation would be outright last, Morrison had this to say:
“There’s a lot of competition to how the ultimate tickets are determined,” he said.
“It’s exactly as I said the other day – there can be any number of parties.”
Morrison said he considered The Greens to be a serious danger to Australia, accusing the party of actively working against the safety of Australians, and would not confirm One Nation would be preferenced below them.
“All I’m saying is there’s a lot of parties who have a lot of extreme positions and I’m not going to equate the Greens with the mainstream parties in this country, which is the Labor Party, the Liberal Party, or the National Party.”
Earlier this week, an undercover investigation from Al Jazeera showed One Nation officials soliciting money from the American NRA.
The second part of the investigation into One Nation was aired on Wednesday night and showed party leader Pauline Hanson saying she had questions about the Port Arthur massacre.
Morrison said it was these comments that led to him telling state divisions to put One Nation below Labor.