Friday 24th of March 2017

please explain...

please explain

The ABC has demanded an explanation from Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party after its reporters were blocked from attending election celebrations on Saturday, describing the move as an attack on independent media.

ABC reporters were locked out of a West Australian election night event in Perth, as a controversial preference deal with the Liberal Party and Senator Hanson's comments on vaccinations and praise for Russian president Vladimir Putin saw One Nation's message all but drowned out.

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West Australian Nationals leader Brendon Grylls has conceded defeat in his seat of Pilbara, following a $2 million campaign against him by the mining industry angry at his iron ore tax proposal.

Speaking to Australian Associated Press, Mr Grylls said he would not be able to overturn a deficit of several hundred votes.

The ABC's election computer no longer lists Pilbara as a seat in doubt, putting Labor's Kevin Michel more than 500 votes ahead and declaring the seat for him.

"I can't come back from this," Mr Grylls said.

It is understood Mr Grylls will meet Mr Michel later today to concede defeat in person.

Mr Grylls has been contacted for further comment.

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shoudda been dumped...

The Liberal Party should have dumped Colin Barnett as leader last year in an effort to minimise the scale of its electoral defeat but lacked the courage to do so, former cabinet minister Joe Francis says.

Asked if the party "didn't have the guts" to sack Mr Barnett, Mr Francis agreed, but conceded even that would not have spared the Barnett government from Saturday's catastrophic loss to Labor.

"I don't know if it would have saved the government, but I think it would have saved a lot of seats," he told 6PR.

Labor is on track to hold 40 seats in the Legislative Assembly, with the Liberals predicted to hold just 14. Five seats remain in doubt, including Mr Francis' own seat of Jandakot.

He said the Liberals lost the trust of the electorate by breaking promises and sold out its base of supporters by increasing taxes.

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power storage of dumb resentment...


By then Hanson and her chief advisor, the rogue Liberal operative James Ashby, should have learnt some basic lessons from its WA omnishambles. There will, for example, be no dumb deals with major parties.

More significantly One Nation will have a significant home field advantage.

We can expect to see candidates subjected to vetting and nominated for every seat. To that end the party has already benefited from four defections from Queensland's Liberal National Party.

There will be less resentment at head office control (One of the complaints of the party's WA operation was that everything had to be "sent back to Queensland" for approval) and Hanson's own considerable political instinct will be more attuned.

There is no polling to show whether or not the WA debacle has hurt One Nation in Queensland yet, but a Galaxy poll last month measured its support at 23 per cent, enough to secure about 11 seats. A state presence like that would provide it with the political resources it needs to fight the next federal election in the very state that could well decide that election.

However the second reason is more significant.

The fault lines that One Nation has always used to find its way into the body politic are still there. Resentment at the political class remains powerful as our leaders fail to narrow the divide between rich and poor, rural and urban.

Populist movements around the world are becoming ever more creative and effective at harnessing that resentment to accumulate power.

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Gus: James Ashby should be in prison but this is another case of the Libs (KONservatives) helping Hansonism to survive in order to defeat Labor. The Libs have done everything they can, including use the classic "I can't recall" to prevent Ashby being charged for having perverted the course of justice while bringing down the Gillard government. I am prepared to believe that James has been well rewarded (cash and protection?) for his stunt against Peter Slipper...

But Politicosms like One-Nation are like cockroaches. No matter how much poisoned spray you use, they survive in the nooks and crannies of the floorboards. They have a natural right to survive, but not TO DICTATE nor spoil the soup of the day in the kitchen, with crap and ignorance. Yes I know, it's easier to have a dump than to cook a decent meal, and easier to be ignorant than to learn something. One Nation does not appeal to human intelligence but relies on the cockroaches' ability to survive in the darkness of dumb resentment.


clobbered behind the flaps...

One Nation also copped a hiding, largely as a result of the Faustian bargain on preferences struck between Barnett and Pauline Hanson and her sinister adviser, James Ashby.'  

~ Mungo MacCallum

MALCOLM TURNBULL has always been a glass-half-full kind of guy, so he probably woke up on Sunday morning thinking that the result in Western Australia was not all bad.

True, the longest serving and most reliable of the conservative dominoes has fallen – not merely fallen, but plummeted almost to the bottom of the abyss. But no one could say that it was all his fault. His rare and desultory visits to the west may not have helped. But they hardly mattered against the parlous state of the local economy – which the incoming Labor Premier, Mark McGowan, will now have to deal with – and more importantly the massive "it’s time" factor.

It was obvious that Colin Barnett and his Liberal Government were well and truly past their use-by date, a view confirmed by Barnett’s major election promise: if re-elected, he would not serve his full term. Understandably, the electorate thought it might as well cut to the chase and dispatch him on the spot.

But the good news is that although the Libs were clobbered beyond the worst fears of even the most zealous pessimists, One Nation also copped a hiding, largely as a result of the Faustian bargain on preferences struck between Barnett and Pauline Hanson and her sinister adviser, James Ashby. Hanson explained that her supporters were just too ignorant to understand the system, and immediately demanded that the goalposts should be moved to make it simpler for them.

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