HOW PAULINE HANSON'S ONE NATION IS POISED TO SHAPE PERTH
PAULINE Hanson’s One Nation looms as a major player in the State Election, but precisely how major is up for debate.
News last week that the party had struck a preference deal with the Liberal Party could help the Liberals in the Lower House and help One Nation secure seats in the Legislative Council.
But will the help be enough for Colin Barnett to retain power?
And given the turmoil within One Nation about the deal, will it hold water?
Former Labor State Treasurer Eric Ripper doesn’t believe so, but said 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 preference deal with the Liberal Party will save many Liberals.
“(One Nation voters are) not people that are likely to follow orders.
“One Nation itself has said ‘We’re doing all of this so we can stop the privatisation of Western Power’. Well, which mainstream party wants to stop the privatisation of Western Power?”
But Paddy Embry, who was elected to the Legislative Council as the One Nation member for South West in 2001, feels the preference deal benefits both parties and could help save the Barnett government.
Mr Embry said the party ap- pealed 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 and were tired of conventional politics. MEET the candidates for Belmont for the March 11 election at a free Business Sundowner held at Belmont Tavern on February 22.
From 5pm to 7pm hear Labor candidate Cassie Rowe, Liberal MP Glenys Godfrey, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation candidate Julie Mitchell, Greens candidate for East Metro Tim Clifford and Angie Mardon of the Combined Small Business Alliance of WA talk about their election promises and plans for the economy.
There will be an open Question Time for attendees to ask questions.
Nibbles will be provided and drinks can be purchased at the bar.
Function Room, The Belmont, 174 Wright St, Cloverdale on Wednesday, February 22, 5pm to 7pm.
Pauline Hanson will have an influence on the result on March 11.