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John Howard has never looked so good

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Will you put One Nation last on the ballot paper?

That’s a simple question that will be asked of every conservative candidate between now and the election.

And there should be only one answer. Yes.

One Nation officials Steve Dickson and James Ashby answer questions at a press conference in Brisbane.Credit:AAP

But you won’t hear that from the Coalition Government, because One Nation’s preferences are more important than good government to a party (and a prime minister) increasingly desperate to cling to power.

Up until now, One Nation has been an acceptable voting choice for many good people who feel the major parties are ignoring them.

This week should change how those voters see it, and how other political parties deal with it.

In the madcap nature of news, it’s worth revisiting what happened.

Two senior and high-profile One National officials - a state leader and Pauline........

© The Sydney Morning Herald