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One Nation to slash health management, boost croc farms

ANNOUNCEMENTS: One Nation state leader Steve Dickson (R) and Gympie candidate Chelle Dobson, at Buderim for the policy announcements.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: One Nation state leader Steve Dickson (R) and Gympie candidate Chelle Dobson, at Buderim for the policy announcements. Scott Sawyer

ONE NATION will slash senior health management, introduce mandatory sentences for criminals caught with illegal firearms and increase the number of commercial crocodile farms in the state's far north if successful at the next Queensland Election.

State Leader Steve Dickson, Buderim MP and high-profile LNP defector, announced a broad range of policies in Buderim today, pledging there would be no asset sales under a One Nation State Government.

In a glossy brochure advising voters that Queensland was "in your hands", the Pauline Hanson-led party's battle plans to win Queensland were laid out.

Law and order is a focal point, with a commitment to re-badge the Queensland Police Service to the Queensland Police Force.

Mandatory sentencing for assaults against police, medical staff, ambulance officers and other emergency services will be introduced, while a sex offenders register would be created documenting all sex offenders in the state, unless they're exempt by the Crime and Corruption Commission.

De-centralisation of government agencies and multi-skilling of bureaucrats is another of the party's proposed policies, while a five-year moratorium on payroll tax will be introduced for all new start-ups employing up to 40 people which begin post-2017.

Revenue-generating asset sales are off the table, with Mr Dickson arguing the sale of assets like water and power did nothing to ease costs of living.

"It's only going to get worse if those assets are sold," Mr Dickson said.

Senior health management staff numbers would be reduced, with the funds saved funnelled back into frontline health workers.

Firearms featured heavily in the document, with firearms licences to be streamlined so multiple-category weapons holders only have to hold one licence.

Farmers will be given access to handguns for pest control and the humane treatment of sick or injured stock.

Land at the Curra Forest, near Gympie, will also be gifted to the community on a peppercorn, $1 per year lease, to establish an international rifle range.

Community-instigated referendums will also be rolled out, with citizens able to have an issue put to a referendum at the next local or state election, if 5% or more of voters make clear they want to have a say on the matter.

"This is the real deal," Mr Dickson said.

"We're giving the power back to you."

Crocodile farms will also be increased in Cape York, to deal with crocodile populations.

"I hope all the major parties take these policies because they're bloody good ones," Mr Dickson said, before joking he expected to see Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dye his hair red soon.

One Nation suffered a massive blow in the recent Western Australia State Election, claiming less seats than expected, which Senator Hanson blamed in part on a preference deal with the Liberal Party.

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