Colin Barnett hails One Nation deal as 'sensible and pragmatic'

The West Australian Liberal Party has signed a deal with One Nation to preference the Pauline Hanson party above the Nationals in the upper house country regions.

The Queensland Liberal-National Party is considering a deal with One Nation in the wake of a poll showing the minor party could win up to 23 per cent of the primary vote on the back of votes from traditional Liberal and Labor voters.

"I've had a view and I am satisfied with this outcome", he said.

The Premier this morning confirmed details of a preference swap struck by the Liberal and One Nation parties yesterday, which he said would "give a buffer to some of our seats under challenge".

The WA Nationals and Liberals do not have a Coalition agreement and leader Brendan Grylls is prepared to form a minority government with whomever won the election - Labor or Liberal - so long as as they adopted his proposal for a tax on iron ore.

Couple still shaken weeks after surviving high-speed vehicle accident Cain Taylor said he and his wife were still in shock after another auto suddenly smashed into their Subaru WRX on the Pacific Highway near Grafton.

He said One Nation had evolved over the 20 years since Senator Hanson first burst onto the political stage.

Doing any deal with One Nation is not something John Howard would approve of in his day - his position was to put One Nation last. Now the Prime Minister has nothing to say about preference deals with the resurgent populist party.

Hanson said her party wanted to work with others in the federal parliament.

Abbott on the other hand said he'd still put One Nation ahead of Labor.

Senior federal minister Arthur Sinodinos yesterday left open the door for the Liberals to do further preference deals with One Nation, claiming Pauline Hanson's party was was a "different beast" compared to two decades ago. That doesn't mean we have to agree with their policies.

"If you want to support Western Power in public ownership and you want to make sure you preference local workers over foreign workers you need to support WA Labor because One Nation has done a deal with the devil".

"I find that quite interesting".

However, Turnbull told reporters on Monday the minor party - which has three seats in the Senate and is set to have four after a court-ordered recount in WA - deserved respect. "They're taking [Senator Hanson] more seriously because they've realised she's also changed the way she operates", he said.

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce says Western Australian Liberal Premier Colin Barnett has increased his risk of losing next month's state election after deciding to preference One Nation ahead of the Nationals. In politics you've got to stand for something. "We all know that Liberals don't", an angry Ms Dodd said today.

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