Under pressure from Labor to marginalise the far right party in the wake of the New Zealand massacre, the Prime Minister also faces pressure from Coalition MPs in Queensland who are likely to need One Nation preferences to hold their seats.
One, who asked not to be identified, said if Senator Hanson retaliated by putting the Liberal-National Party MP’s last in Queensland, “that would be damaging”.
One Nation was not a consideration before the last federal election because its rise from the ashes was not anticipated.
This time, strategists in both major parties say it could win between 15 per cent and 20 per cent of the vote in the seats in north and central Queensland.
There are eights such marginal seats, seven of which are held by the Coalition and one, Herbert, which is held by Labor.
Mr Morrison confirmed on Tuesday “there’ll be no preference deals with One Nation” after being urged by Labor Senate leader Penny Wong to put the minor party last.
“We know, as recently as the Longman by-election, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation was preferenced by the Coalition ahead of the Labor Party. Now that does need to stop,” Senator Wong said.
The Nationals told The Sydney Morning Herald that they were still open to preference deals with One Nation.
“Fraser Anning’s comments and actions have been abhorrent and should be viewed with disdain,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Michael McCormack.
“When it comes to preferences, as is the case with every election, The Nationals are a grass roots party and decisions are made at a state and local level. These decisions will be made closer to election day when all the candidates are known.”