LET’S MAKE A DEAL

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek rejects trading preferences with One Nation at any level:

Plibersek notes the upcoming state elections in Western Australia in March, and in Queensland, due in 2018, and Labor’s need to fight both One Nation and the Coalition.

“Malcolm Turnbull has gone weak on One Nation preferences. We never will,” she says.

Yet just the other day:

One Nation WA leader Colin Tincknell said he was surprised when Labor leader Mark McGowan “came knocking” yesterday to discuss preferences and that his party was still unsure how it would play things.

While Mr McGowan said he had not had any discussions with Mr Tincknell, he did not deny that there had been conversations between the parties.

The continued speculation about One Nation preference deals came as a Newspoll released today showed support for the party surging, with Mr Tincknell claiming the party would win three to five Lower House seats.

Strange bedfellows, indeed.

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