Hanson Defeated: The Lessons
Phew! That was too close! She came within 2 437 votes of squeezing into the Legislative Council and rebuilding a political career based on race prejudice and pig ignorant economic populism. Bad enough that the Shooters Party and Fred Nile’s Christian Democrats hold the balance of power. But what a relief that Pauline Hanson did not join them by winning the last spot in the Legislative Council.
On primary votes, she had got to the 20th position, and the Green Party were at the 22nd. After the preferences that was reversed. The preference flow from Labor voters knocked her out and put the Green Party’s, Jeremy Buckingham, in.
In the state election campaign I and retiring Green Party MLC Ian Cohen made a joint appeal for Green Party voters to ignore their party’s recommendation and send their preferences to the Labor Party. It was crucial to protect the environmental gains of the last 16 years. Because the Green Party didn’t preference Labor, Labor only allocated half its preferences to them.
Let’s not allocate blame but let’s guarantee it never happens again. It was too close.