Senator-elect Pauline Hanson has said her successful political comeback has serious implications for the major political parties.
“Have a look at the vote I’ve pulled, and it will tell them they are clearly out of touch with the Australian people,” she told a media conference in Brisbane on Monday.
Queensland National Party senator Barry O’Sullivan agreed conservative parties needed to pay attention to One Nation’s resurgence.
“I think what One Nation was saying, and I think what was resonating in the hearts of middle Australians, they wanted somebody to say it — they wanted tougher borders,” he told 7.30.
After almost 20 years out of the spotlight Ms Hanson is getting ready to storm back into Canberra, with Peter Slipper’s former staffer James Ashby as her advisor.
Her party One Nation won possibly two Senate seats in Saturday’s election — she says it could be as many as six.
Ms Hanson’s re-emergence may have been a shock to many, but on Saturday night in Ipswich she said: “I’ve been working at this for the last 18 years.”
Despite having very little presence at polling booths, Ms Hanson’s One Nation party scored 9 per cent of the Queensland Senate vote.
Orchestrating her campaign was Mr Ashby, a one-time staffer for Mr Slipper who accused the former speaker of sexual harassment.
“I’d made a phone call to the office, these guys were really in desperate need of signs and after all my shit I started a company,” Mr Ashby said in a speech to the Hanson camp on Saturday…