Jan 9, 2017

Poll Bludger: One Nation could drag Turnbull further to the right

A detailed analysis of post-election polling suggests the government faces difficulties in Queensland. My, oh my, who could possibly help them out of that bind?

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Pauline Hanson

As it weathers the unfolding fiasco of Centrelink’s automated debt notices and front-page splashes about Liberal MP Sussan Ley’s Gold Coast apartment purchase, the government is enduring its toughest silly season since Tony Abbott got it into his head to give Prince Philip a knighthood.

Malcolm Turnbull, who explicitly invoked Newspoll to legitimise his move against Tony Abbott in September 2015, must now be feeling relief that the pollster hasn’t been on hand to put hard numbers on the blow to his public standing.

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8 thoughts on “Poll Bludger: One Nation could drag Turnbull further to the right

  1. Flynn

    I’d argue One Nation is also an expression of regionalism. It’s all about restoring power to regular people, they just use racism as a rallying point. Sadly, this has been an enormously successful political strategy throughout our history and in that of other nations.

    As they progress as a party they may find themselves having to soften more hard-line policies to attract more votes (see the recent dropping of a candidate over homophobic sentiments). Lambie dropped her anti-Islam positions as it wasn’t getting her much traction. Regional development is king and that’s how Turnbull can win voters back. Now, if only it weren’t for budget austerity…

    1. Draco Houston

      It should be remembered that there is only a small ‘One Nation’ base, the voters they get aren’t made up entirely of this base. Their recent strong showing in the federal election was on the back of PUP’s collapse.

      ON is a little too scattered to call it actual regionalism, but it shows there is room for a NXT style party in at least Queensland and WA. I agree with your assessment of Lambie. I think she’s a little more in touch than Pauline, who is busy voting with the coalition and suggesting Australia Cards.

      Their campaign in the federal election actually downplayed the far right stuff, while the ALA sat there with big signs declaring ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS WRONG’ ‘STOP THE ISLAMIFICATION OF AUSTRALIA’ etc, PHON ran with Putting Australian’s(sic) First. We’ll see if they can bridge that gap again now they have bums on seats and making calls only bubble dwellers can make.

  2. klewso

    Imagine how the tribulation Turnbull could have avoided, if he’d simply waited a few months, for Toady to take the country to a “normal” election?
    But, then, he would have probably had to spend more time as “Opposition Leader”?

  3. CML

    Why can’t you just stop talking about the idiot redhead???
    It might take a couple of election cycles, but when the fecking ejets who vote for her realise that NOTHING she proposes will ever come to pass, perhaps we can get back to some form of normality in this country.
    Of course, that does rely on the other political parties sticking to their respective manifestos and ignoring the RWNJs as well. I concede the LNP is not doing very well on that front, in recent times!

    1. AR

      And a Happy New Year to you, CML. I wish you all the best.

  4. John Hall

    The PH factor merely steers me further to the left. The poor USA drives on the right & our deluded “me too” Polies are caught on the same highway to hell. The current version of conservative thinking is sad to behold in its simplistic solutions to complex issues.

    1. klewso

      A highway festooned/littered with potholes, more often than not, dug by conservative governments – largely made up of current members?

  5. Paddy Forsayeth

    Hanson was raw last time. At least this time she is more than half baked!

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