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POL­I­TICS is about power, but in re­gard to tac­tics there is a point at which win­ning isn’t worth it. The WA Lib­er­als have crossed that point by di­rect­ing Up­per House pref­er­ences to One Na­tion above their own gov­ern­ing part­ners, the Na­tion­als. Pauline Han­son re­mains fun­da­men­tally the same politi­cian who claimed in 1996 that Aus­tralia was be­ing “swamped by Asians”. Her can­di­dates in WA have claimed “ho­mo­sex­u­als are us­ing Nazi-style mind con­trol strate­gies”, ad­vo­cated the mur­der of In­done­sian jour­nal­ists and at­tacked “poofters”, “noogahs” and “sheet heads”. One Na­tion can­di­dates, once elected, have not done well. Queens­land One Na­tion MPs splin­tered and sat as in­de­pen­dents, and Se­na­tor for WA Rod Cul­leton quit the party shortly af­ter be­ing elected. If peo­ple choose to vote for can­di­dates with ex­treme views and a party with a highly cen­tralised, dic­ta­to­rial power struc­ture, that is their choice to make. The Lib­eral Party fun­nelling pref­er­ences to One Na­tion in the Up­per House is an­other mat­ter. If the Lib­er­als re­tain power, they will likely face four years of ne­go­ti­at­ing with One Na­tion to pass leg­is­la­tion. It isn’t worth it. Gio­vanni Torre, reporter

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