The media is overlooking how strongly Pauline Hanson's One Nation performed in the election — and how other, even worse extremists are exploiting her legitimacy.
The electoral reality is Australia is increasingly polarised and evenly split between voters who look at each other with incomprehension and disdain.
A sharp swing to the far right in Queensland has enabled Scott Morrison to hold off Labor and achieve a victory few thought possible — even among opinion pollsters.
Labor sought to capture the deep disaffection in many parts of the country toward business-as-usual politics. Instead, those voters embraced the far right fringe in a stunning rejection of Labor's program.
Victimhood is essential to Pauline Hanson's politics. And the media has been only too happy to help her cultivate that identity.
There is now a small but lucrative niche on our politics for angry white men to attack women. And One Nation is effectively exploiting it.
Banging on about Pauline Hanson getting words wrong and Fraser Anning being a bogan doesn't just miss the point, it feeds the flame.
All the things Bill Shorten wants us to think he's said, even though he didn't actually say them.
Crikey readers discuss Eddie McGuire, Pauline Hanson, climate inaction and the Coalition's Reid candidate.
Pauline Hanson's complaints about foreign-owned media in Australia ignore the fact that the majority of her media supporters are employed by News Corp.