OPINION: Pauline Hanson has been smart...
OPINION: Pauline Hanson has been smart... Chris Ison ROK170715chanson3

OPINION: Hanson turns election on its head

HER opponents will not like to hear it, but the Pauline Hanson effect has been the big story of the double-dissolution election on Saturday night.

Not only has Ms Hanson swept into the Senate, but her support across Queensland in the lower house, and in Ipswich in particular, has had a major impact in diluting the LNP vote and costing the Coalition any chance of picking up key seats.

One Nation did not have a booth worker at Leichhardt in the seat of Blair but candidate Troy Aggett still polled 205 votes, the same as the LNP's Teresa Harding.

That is extraordinary considering not a single One Nation how to vote card was handed out there on the day.

The One Nation vote did not impact the Labor vote of Shayne Neumann at Leichhardt at all.

I did a spot poll outside the Flinders View booth at City Hope Church with 10 voters after they had cast their votes, and One Nation received four of them.

I quizzed those voters why and it was a mixture of One Nation's regional and anti-free trade policies and the belief that Ms Hanson would stick up for battlers in parliament

Ms Hanson has been smart.

Her protectionist policies and policies regarding the protection of farmers' water resources from mining have struck a chord.

But she has also seen what used to be termed as "Howard's battlers" flock to her in droves.

Strap yourself in for an interesting time in the Senate that's for sure.



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