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Dec 20, 2016

The difference between Hanson and Trump or Brexit

Australian National University migration researcher Henry Sherrell urges anyone who thinks Trump, Brexit and Hanson are even somewhat equivalent, to reconsider.

A new trope has emerged in the Australian media: “Something something, out of touch, post-something, post-something, Trump, Brexit, Hanson.”

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  1. Xoanon

    Well put. I’ve was gobsmacked how the victory of Trump immediately translated into everyone assuming that Australian politics had dramatically veered toward right-wing populism. On what grounds? We just had a national election, after all, and the results were inconclusive.

  2. John Newton

    ‘The people who voted for Hanson are not chumps or dullards’

    Are you sure of that? They deny the science of climate change, and want Muslims banned or deported from Australia.

    Pretty close to my definition of a dullard.

    1. Decorum

      Yes, I wondered if this assertion was based on any evidence or was just an axiom – I assume the latter but I don’t know the purpose of it in the ‘analysis’.

  3. klewso

    Hanson would have been back to ‘flotsam party’ status if it hadn’t been for Bubbles Turnbull’s DD election – where half a quota enabled her to drag three other bums on seats through the cat-flap and into the Senate Chamber of Horrors.

  4. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    Hanson may not be comparable now but wait to see what happens in the next Queensland state election. Remember that Queensland Labor only has a one seat majority. If the Hanson party takes a handful of seats in the middle and comes to hold the balance of power they could make Trump and Brexit seem logical.

  5. Will

    Hanson doesn’t merit mention alongside Brexit and Trump because . . . she didn’t get around half of all votes? That’s your argument, . . . seriously? Stunning! Well, I guess that’s just where have to end up if you confuse politically weaponised xenophobia for cause rather than effect. Only then could the fearsome potential of a Hanson-type politics in an Australian context be so utterly overlooked. Viva la diversité!

  6. Will

    Hanson doesn’t merit mention alongside Brexit and Trump because . . . she didn’t get around half of all votes? That’s your argument, . . . seriously? Stunning! Well, I guess that’s just where you have to end up if you confuse politically weaponised xenophobia for cause rather than effect. Only then could the fearsome potential of a Hanson-type politics in an Australian context be so utterly overlooked. Viva la diversité!

  7. AR

    I wouldn’t suggest any similarity between these 3 “wins” – the Drumpfster scored perhaps 26% of the electorate (not ‘voters’ as stated) and Brexit similarly scraped through on barely 2/3 turnout.
    At least with ‘compulsory’ (not really but..) voting we have a better measure of the feeling of the electorate when it yells, very loudly NONE of the ABOVE!
    The problem with loathing the Establishment and it’s political servants is that of finding suitable replacement as our representatives – viz the Oxley Moron’s hangers-on.

  8. Peterpan

    Actually, I think you will find that 15% of America’s population voted for Trump. That would be 35% of those who actually voted. I know.. facts … never let them get in the way of a good story. On every count, more Americans wanted Hilary Clinton as President. Just numbers – just people . Just Americans.

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