A new poll has revealed support for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, has quadrupled nationwide since the July election. This should come as no surprise as while the LNP has payed some lip service to her concerns, their lack of genuine consideration for Hanson and her populist stances, has continued to damage the plight of the coalition government.
“Pauline Hanson’s One Nation soars in post- election poll”, Sydney Morning Herald, October 17 2016:
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party has quadrupled its primary vote since the July election, a new poll suggests, with their support in Queensland reaching 10 per cent.
According to the Newspoll, One Nation’s support as Senator Hanson establishes her voice in Parliament is now at 6 per cent nationwide, up from 1.3 per cent four months ago.
In New South Wales, the poll shows a boost from 0.6 per cent at the election to 6 per cent.
As the right-wing party has increased in popularity, votes have bled from the Coalition and other minor parties and independents.
Asked about the phenomenon, Treasurer Scott Morrison said being a party of government is hard and third parties don’t have the same burden of responsibility for making potentially unpopular decisions.
“People are feeling anxious about [sluggish post-GFC economic growth]. They feel anxious about trade, they feel anxious about foreign investment and they feel anxious about immigration,” he told 2GB radio, adding that it was the government’s task to engender confidence in these areas.
Concerned about a transfer of support from his party, conservative senator Cory Bernardi recently urged his party to adopt similar policies to One Nation “with a bit more nuance and maybe a little bit more delicacy”.
In her first speech after returning to Canberra, Senator Hanson calledfor a ban on Muslim immigration, a moratorium on mosque construction and a ban on halal certification.
One Nation had four senators elected in July: Senator Hanson and Malcolm Roberts in Queensland, Brian Burston in NSW and Rodney Culleton in Western Australia.
The party narrowly missed out on achieving quotas in Tasmania and Victoria and came close to having a second senator in NSW.
On Monday morning, Senator Hanson suggested the deportation of the immediate family of anyone stripped of their Australian citizenship for terrorism offences under controversial national security laws enacted last year.
“It has to be a real deterrent to get these people out of the country. I don’t want them here,” she told Seven’s Sunrise program.
Outspoken former broadcaster Derryn Hinch congratulated his Senate sparring partner on the new poll on Monday.
“One Nation has gone up in the polls so you have to congratulate Pauline for that,” Senator Hinch told Sunrise, prompting gratitude from the One Nation leader.
The pair had a tense and televised confrontation last week in the hallways of Parliament House over United States presidential candidate Donald Trump’s attitudes to women.
Senator Hinch took on Senator Hanson over what he described as her “disgraceful” response, which criticised Mr Trump’s remarks but expressed sympathy for the Republican candidate and argued there were more important things at stake in the race to the White House.