Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, and parties hoping to court the freedom movement have been almost shut out completely, with only a Senate position or two still within their grasp.
With the Senate count still under way, it appears far-right, conspiracy-promoting groups have been unable to capitalise on a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, a billionaire magnate’s seemingly endless advertising coffers, and a move away from the two major parties.
Palmer’s near-$100 million spend has barely improved the UAP’s showing from the 2019 election. Nationwide, the party added less than 1% to bring its primary vote to 4.3% in the House of Representatives, claiming no seats and losing its parliamentary leader Craig Kelly’s seat in Hughes. However, it did see big spikes in its votes in outer-suburban seats in Queensland and Victoria and may might pick up a Senate spot in Victoria.