One Nation in Western Australia: Epic fail or a huge win?

by Philip Dorling

Contrary to recent media commentary, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party continues its political rise.  Examination of the Western Australian state election results shows that while One Nation’s vote fell short of Senator Hanson’s hopes and expectations fuelled by some opinion polls, the far-right party doubled its support in Western Australia in the seven months between the July 2016 and March 2017.  Having won three Legislative Council seats, One Nation has significantly strengthened its prospects to retain a Western Australian Senate seat in the next “half” Senate election in 2018-2019.  The prospect of One Nation securing the balance of power in the Australian Senate on a long-term basis should be taken quite seriously.

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