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Pauline Hanson declares One Nation's WA election performance 'a fantastic result'

Pauline Hanson declares One Nation's WA election performance 'a fantastic result'

The Liberals and One Nation agreed to exchange preferences, with One Nation helping the Liberals in Legislative Assembly seats and the Liberals reciprocating in the Legislative Council.

"People were supportive and said they wanted to vote for us but said when they heard we were doing preference deals. they could not vote for us", she told Channel 7's Sunrise programme.

Yet, in what appeared to be a political own goal, both the Liberals and Hanson's One Nation suffered after their Western Australia state branches agreed to share preference votes under Australia's complicated preferential voting system.

QUT political science Professor Clive Bean said while the party would be disappointed with that result, Queensland remains a strong state for One Nation, and it couldn't be written off for the upcoming Queensland election.

Senator Hanson blamed Labor for scaring her voters by attacking One Nation's controversial preference deal with Colin Barnett's Liberals.

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Senator Hanson believes the preference deal was a lead cause of One Nation failing to meet expectations and polling less then 5 per cent of the statewide vote on Saturday.

"This has certainly halted the sense of momentum building around One Nation that has been there since July past year", said Associate Professor Haydon Manning, a political scientist at Flinders University.

In the end, One Nation's assault on WA was a complete and utter shambles.

Like the Liberals, One Nation disrespected their followers by assuming they would be happy jumping into bed with the Liberals.

"The scare campaign put out by the Labor party actually worked", she said.

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"The next federal election is more than two years away and all preference decisions will be considered by the party organisation closer to an election", Mr Turnbull said.

One Nation's poor showing in the WA election doesn't mean the party is no longer a threat in Queensland, experts warn.

Hanson, who is wary of foreign investment and wants to suspend Muslim immigration, said late on Saturday the deal was a mistake.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and maverick nationalist politician Pauline Hanson faced questions about their leadership on Monday after their parties suffered a resounding defeat in a state election at the weekend.

Now when Pauline was first elected in 1996 she was obviously naive, but was harbouring a awful phobia, thinking Australia was being swamped by Asians, and because of the High Court's Mabo decision land owners were going lose their properties to Aboriginal people.

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