Hanson set to hold balance of power in Qld as support surges

One Nation appears on track to beat its 1998 state election landslide.

One Nation’s support has surged from 16 percent to 23 percent in Queensland in just three months, a new poll for The Courier Mail shows.

The Galaxy poll taken this week also reveals that the popularity of Premier Annastacia Palasczuk has plummeted in the same period, with the Labor leader’s standing as preferred premier dropping 7 percent to 39 percent.

Labor has said it won’t govern with One Nation.

The Courier Mail says the results put Pauline Hanson’s party on track to take more than 20 seats at the state’s next election and hold the balance of power in the Queensland parliament.

At the 1998 election One Nation got almost 23 percent of the vote to grab 11 seats.

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A Newspoll published this week by The Australian shows that across the country One Nation commands an 8 percent primary support number.

The results come despite a third candidate disendorsement this week in Queensland, and as Hanson was criticised for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Asked by Labor Senator Sam Dastyari on a Facebook Live broadcast about Russia’s alleged role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine, which killed 38 Australians, the outspoken One Nation leader commented that “everyone has done something.”

Last week Hanson outlined her broad policy platform if she became Australia’s prime minister, which includes banning all head-coverings such as burqas, overhauling the family law system and slashing the number of politicians.

Hanson spoke to Starts at 60 last June, telling us that she also plans an Age Pension increase.

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