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PAULINE Han­son’s One Na­tion looms as a ma­jor player in the WA State Elec­tion, but pre­cisely how ma­jor is up for de­bate.

Last week the party struck a pref­er­ence deal with the Lib­eral Party that could help the Lib­er­als in the Lower House and help One Na­tion se­cure seats in the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil.

For­mer La­bor State Trea­surer Eric Rip­per said the deal was un­likely to hold wa­ter but One Na­tion was likely to get the bal­ance of power in the Up­per House.

“Can they ac­tu­ally or­gan­ise them­selves is a big ques­tion,” Mr Rip­per said.

“I don’t think the deal with the Lib­eral Party will save many Lib­er­als.”

But Paddy Em­bry, who was elected to the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil as the One Na­tion mem­ber for South West in 2001, said the pref­er­ence deal would ben­e­fit both par­ties.

Mr Em­bry said the party ap­pealed to those who were dis­il­lu­sioned by con­ven­tional pol­i­tics.

“One Na­tion has a mix­ture of peo­ple who are older con­ser­va­tives but also peo­ple from the other end of the spec­trum – (peo­ple who) haven’t got a de­cent job and some smart sales­man has talked them into buy­ing a house when they can’t af­ford it,” he said.

Mr Rip­per agreed One Na­tion ap­pealed to peo­ple who were get­ting a raw deal from life.

“They’re look­ing like some Amer­i­cans looked to Don­ald Trump, like some Bri­tish peo­ple looked to Brexit,” he said.

Sandy Baraiolo is the One Na­tion can­di­date for Thorn­lie. One Na­tion orig­i­nally an­nounced South­ern River, Ar­madale and Dar­ling Range can­di­dates but has since re­as­signed can­di­dates to other seats.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d465089

Thorn­lie One Na­tion can­di­date Sandy Baraiolo

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