Nick Xenophon warns Pauline Hanson not to do any more preference deals

  • Nick Xenophon warns Pauline Hanson not to do any more preference deals

Nick Xenophon warns Pauline Hanson not to do any more preference deals

"The Labor voters that wanted to vote for us they said, 'oh no we want Colin Barnett gone, ' it was all about Colin Barnett, they wanted him gone".

Former Nationals senator Ron Boswell, who successfully fended off a One Nation attack in 2001, has warned Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of the risks of cosying up to the party.

But as soon as One Nation cut a deal with the Liberals, its loyal followers jumped off the bandwagon, because Pauline Hanson's party underestimated how much it would rankle people.

The preference deal between One Nation and the WA Liberal party has also been highlighted as a factor in the minor party's poor showing, with even Senator Hanson describing it as "a mistake" on Saturday night.

QUT political science Professor Clive Bean said while the party would be disappointed with that result, Queensland remains a strong state for One Nation, and it couldn't be written off for the upcoming Queensland election.

Pauline Hanson's One Nation polled a little more than 8 per cent of the vote in the seats it ran candidates, but across the board in the lower house it received only 4.7 per cent of the vote.

Before the vote, the governing Liberal party ditched its traditional allies to strike a deal with Hanson's party to swap preferences - a measure in Australia's voting system created to help both parties increase their presence in the new parliament.

SYDNEY-The global rise of nationalist politics suffered a setback in the heart of Australia's mining belt, as an anti-immigrant party won fewer votes than expected in state elections, contributing to a crushing loss for the government. We've just got registered and we got 50 candidates to stand. "Their preferences went there before One Nation".

The surge of One Nation was happening because voters were feeling disenfranchised and fed up with the two major political parties.

However Mr Nicholls repeated his party's commitment to preference at the next election on a seat-by-seat basis.

Acting Queensland Premier Jackie Trad said Labor has ruled out any preference deals with One Nation, and Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls should do the same.

"All the imbroglio with regards to preferences means people start to over-assess and exaggerate what they think the support is of their new partner and they also just confuse their constituencies", he said. The center-left party now controls six of the country's eight states and territories.

- with Matthew Knott and Fergus Hunter.