Unusual bedfellows as Immigrants back Hanson's One Nation
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"Voters knew what they wanted to achieve, to change the government", the senior figure said.
Speaking to 2GB, federal Treasurer Scott Morrison said both the Liberal Party and Pauline Hanson's One Nation "got a message on the weekend".
But nevertheless, Pauline Hanson is at the battlements today saying that the media are covering up a "fantastic" result for One Nation in WA, and that she expects the party will pick up as many as five upper house seats.
She labelled the victors Labor "liars cheats and hypocrites" for placing the Liberals above One Nation on how-to-vote cards 'so they can not be trusted'.
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.
"There is some talk he won't last the next few months but, should he lose the (Queensland) election this year, I can't see him making it through 2017 as leader", said Haydon Manning, a political scientist at Flinders University. We've just got registered and we got 50 candidates to stand.
In the end, One Nation's assault on WA was a complete and utter shambles.
"The scare campaign put out by the Labor party actually worked", she said.
"They did not tell people that their preferences were going to the Liberal Party as well".
Meanwhile News Corp reports that majority of One Nation's support is coming from men aged between 35 to 65, while two thirds of the party's voters are making the switch from Coalition, with the other third coming from Labor.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is facing internal and external pressure to rule out a preference deal with One Nation federally, but on Sunday refused to rule out future deals.
However Mr Nicholls repeated his party's commitment to preference at the next election on a seat-by-seat basis.
"When we do a preference deal with One Nation we legitimise them and get distracted as the folly of many of their policies are exposed", he said.
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.
The result will also see mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton escape a state tax on their iron ore businesses proposed by the rural-centric National Party, which fell short of obtaining the influence to force such a measure.
- with Matthew Knott and Fergus Hunter.