Feb 15, 2017

Dear Arthur, please explain One Nation’s sophistication

We've been struggling to work out how One Nation is more "sophisticated" than it used to be -- so we've asked the man who claimed that it was to please explain.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
Parliament House ACT 2600

Dear MinisterArthur

We write in relation to your recent statement that Pauline Hanson's One Nation is "more sophisticated" than it previously was, in response to a branch of the Liberal Party engaging in unprecedented preference deal with the party. In particular, we seek clarification on how, exactly, One Nation is now more sophisticated than in the late 1990s.

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24 thoughts on “Dear Arthur, please explain One Nation’s sophistication

  1. Mike Smith

    Not sophisticated, they’re sophists. Second definition.

    a paid teacher of philosophy and rhetoric in Greece in the Classical and Hellenistic periods, associated in popular thought with moral scepticism and specious reasoning.
    a person who reasons with clever but false arguments.

    1. pinkocommierat

      Nah, they’re solipsists.

      1. Mike Smith

        Solipsistic sophists?

        1. AR

          … with solipsistic, syllogistic solecisms?

  2. Marwill10

    I hope you kept a copy of your letter, because there is a slight possibility that Arthur will forget to reply, owing to his dodgy memory and all


    1. Mike Smith

      Who will play the Terry to his Arthur?

  3. magnet

    Dear Crikey
    They are more sophisticated because recent polling shows their popularity has grown and we are in the shit in WA.

  4. zut alors

    Sinodinis meant that some of them now use knives & forks when eating. Progress.

    1. Woopwoop

      Implying that half the world ( who don’t use knives and forks) are therefore backward?

      1. zut alors

        Half the world wasn’t raised in, or imbued with, Western culture. It was a flippant remark, purely.

    2. AR

      Possibly, but they have to keep replacing the office carpets because of knuckle damage.

  5. Saugoof

    “despite One Nation’s strongly protectionist economic policies, Roberts has to import all his conspiracy theories from foreign sources.” – Splendid!

  6. Paddy Forsayeth

    When One Nation arrived on the scene some time ago it could be said that they were raw. This time around they have improved…now they are half baked!

  7. Daniel Sharp

    🙂 Again, not wanting to comment on any of the above. It is well in the realm of fair game……..Just making the point that the fact that you are talking about them at all indicates their increased level of ‘sophistication’ (or another word) this time around….Why are we talking about them again?

  8. rumtytum

    Arthur’s belief that One Nation is more sophisticated than it used to be reminds me of the person who remarked that Princess Margaret was looking younger. No, he was told, she’s just riding older horses.

    1. Lesley Graham

      Rumtytum, that is so funny, but refreshingly to the point. Well observed

  9. Grant

    The Libs once had the decency to preference them last and engage in all sorts of political skulduggery to destroy them ….. and now they welcome them and pander to them. There’s a bloody good reason or 30 that I no longer vote Liberal

    1. Lesley Graham

      This is also part of the reason why in the Victorian state election 3 years ago that the Nationals nearly got wiped out in the traditional country areas as independent’s decided to contest seats that, traditionally Nationals hadn’t previously thought they had to worry about, the coalition get/got far to blase’ and clever for their own good.
      So politicians need to join the real world occasionally and stop getting so caught up with the political backstabbing & nonsense that seems to be part of Canberra’s, ‘circus like atmosphere’?

  10. klewso

    Sophisticted enough to vote with Arfur’s coal worshipping tribe party and swap preferences with it.
    This was Howard’s kitchen cabinet “advisor” there for the conception of “non-core promises”, Halverson’s “ultimate solution”, “Children Overboard”, “Iràq/WMDs” and a lot of other “sophisticted solutions”.
    And let’s not forget, one of his “reasons” for One Nation’s sophistication evolution was” how the media is treating them now” – owned and operated as much of that is (“70%” of viewspapers), by whom, while they’re not geting in the way of his Party?

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