Self interest drove Dickson defection: Tim Nicholls
STEVE Dickson's defection from the LNP was about self interest and had nothing to do with medicinal cannabis, according to LNP leader Tim Nicholls.
Reacting to the Buderim MP's announcement he had quit the party to join Pauline Hanson One Nation Party, Mr Nicholls said he felt absolutely gutted for families with sick kids who he said have been used as pawns by Ms Hanson and Mr Dickson.
And former fellow Sunshine Coast LNP politician, Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson said she was just really disappointed by the decision.
She said there had been rumours he may defect for some time.
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Yes. They put him in, not One Nation
No. He's following where his constituents are heading
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"All I do is look after the local area and the people of Queensland," she said.
"This is really disappointing. Here we go again. When these things happen the focus goes off the constituents.
"This didn't put people first. It's more about politics and that's very disappointing.
"We all worked well together as a team to bring the LNP together.
"Fractured conservative politics is not helpful. This is only helping Labor.
Mr Nicholls said the LNP had supported laws passed in Parliament to legalise medical marijuana.
"The slowness in its delivery is once again Labor incompetency, it has nothing to do with the LNP," he said.
"Steve was just looking for an excuse to put his own self interests ahead of the people in Buderim.
"What Steve did today is why people are fed up with politicians.
"One Nation is doing exactly what Queenslanders hate, playing the political game.
"I'm disappointed for the people of Buderim that they weren't considered or consulted by Steve Dickson.
"Steve has let the people of Buderim down.
"He was voted as an LNP member and now he's selfishly put his own interests ahead of theirs."
Mr Nicholls said he would not be lectured by Labor about preference deals.
"A party that under the cover of darkness changed the rules with just 18 minutes notice, are now worried that it will come back to bite them," he said.
"I won't be lectured by a Premier who continues to accept Billy Gordon's vote.
"Talking preferences is the kind of political rubbish people are sick of. Right now I am concentrating on a comprehensive plan to get Queensland moving again, we have already rolled out more than 10 policies with many more to come.
"Preferences are not even on my radar. The jobs and safety of Queenslanders is all I care about."