Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (13.3.17) on the likely implications for the next Queensland election of One Nation’s meagre showing in the Western Australian state poll.
‘One Nation may have flopped in the Western Australian election, but the role it will play at the next Queensland poll is up for debate.
‘WA Labor romped to victory on Saturday, winning at least 36 seats and ousting the Liberal government, and a predicted strong vote for One Nation did not eventuate.
‘The result came after the WA Liberals did a preference deal with One Nation.
‘Political pundits in Queensland were keeping a close eye on the results and what they meant on the other side of the country, with Sunshine State voters due to go to the polls in 2018.
‘… Queensland University of Technology political science professor Clive Bean said the Sunshine State remained strong for One Nation.
‘Professor Bean said Queensland was more of a heartland for One Nation and probably more so than any other part of Australia, so it could be that support held up in Queensland.’