HOW PAULINE HANSON'S ONE NATION IS POISED TO SHAPE PERTH
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.
Thornlie One Nation candidate Sandy Baraiolo