The changes in the voting rules in the Aussie elections 2016 have driven controversial anti-Islam MP Pauline Hanson to make a confident comeback in the July 2 elections.
Hanson believes the “double dissolution” of parliament might work in her favour. She gained popularity when she led the foundation of an anti-immigration party, the One Nation party, in the 1990s. However, she lost her Lower House seat in 1998 and continued to lose the position in both the state and federal legislatures almost eight times since then. The MP has decided to run for the senate’s Queensland seat in these elections. According to BBC, she feels the changes in the voting law will enable voters to have control on their own preferences and thereby cast votes in favour of it.
Reports have indicated that there are parties who have attempted to keep Hanson out of the Parliament for many years. But with the double dissolution rule for July 2 elections, all seats in the Upper House, which used to be the normal half, will be declared open. As a result, to win in the Senate, a candidate will only have to secure a 7.7 percent vote.
ABC election analyst Antony Green has claimed that the removal of the group voting tickets because of the new law appeared to strengthen the Hanson’s stand. “Where previously preference deals were done which kept Pauline Hanson out of the Parliament, under the new electoral system, parties no longer have control over preferences,” Green said.
Hanson told Nine Network that she was “quietly confident” that she would win a seat in the Aussie elections 2016. “Previously the major political parties never preferenced me. This time, the preferences belong to voters,” she said.
Hanson also said that she was not worried about Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie’s decision of ruling out a preference deal with One Nation. “It’s not up to her to do preference deals at all so it’s the voters, the preferences belong to the voters,” Hanson said. “[Senator Lambie] was in the chamber when these changes were made so she must be confused about the whole voting system.”