Pauline Hanson declares One Nation's WA election performance 'a fantastic result'
Mar 14 2017
Along with many other commentators, Hanson believes it was the preference deal they knocked together with the Liberals which doomed them, as it drained them of populist appeal they might otherwise have had.
"I think we've got to stick with what I've always said, we're not there to shore up anyone in the Parliament, and I think voters should have the opportunity to pass their preferences where they want to go", she said.
But as soon as One Nation cut a deal with the Liberals, its loyal followers jumped off the bandwagon, because Pauline Hanson's party underestimated how much it would rankle people.
Pauline Hanson during her live crosses at the Melvilee Bowling Club tonight after the Western Australian State election. "The media are not letting you know the results that we have got".
The preference deal between One Nation and the WA Liberal party has also been highlighted as a possible factor in the minor party's poor showing, with even Senator Hanson describing it as "a mistake" on Saturday night.
"The scare campaign put out by the Labor party actually worked", she said.
One Nation's primary vote across Western Australia was expected to be as high as 13 per cent six weeks ago, according to Newspoll, but dove to 8 per cent a week out from the state election.
"This has certainly halted the sense of momentum building around One Nation that has been there since July previous year", said Associate Professor Haydon Manning, a political scientist at Flinders University. We've just got registered and we got 50 candidates to stand.
Ms Hanson said the One Nation campaign was "rushed" and some disgruntled candidates had caused "havoc" during the campaign.
Support for Turnbull is at its lowest since he grabbed power in a party-room coup in September 2015 and party disharmony has been magnified as voters abandon the mainstream amid a resurgence among far-right parties such as One Nation.
Views are divided in the Coalition over whether there should be deals with One Nation at this year's Queensland election or next year's federal election.
All the imbroglio with regards to preferences means people start to over-assess and exaggerate what they think the support is of their new partner and they also just confuse their constituencies.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and maverick nationalist politician Pauline Hanson faced questions about their leadership on Monday after their parties suffered a resounding defeat in a state election at the weekend.