PAULINE Hanson has blamed One Nation’s lower-than-expected result in the WA election on the party’s preference deal with the Liberals, labelling it a mistake and likening Colin Barnett to spoiled milk that should have been thrown out.
Early results indicate the party failed to secure a lower house seat despite intense campaigning.
Senator Hanson said she remained hopeful the party would win an upper house seat, which was the objective of the preference deal, but there would still be some soul-searching during the election debrief.
“Actually doing the deal with the Libs has done damage to us, in all honesty. It was a mistake,” she said.
“We are really going to have to have a good look at this because all I heard all day leading up to this election was ‘why are you sending your preferences to the Liberal party?’
“It wasn’t One Nation. I think it was Colin Barnett – people did not want Colin Barnett.”
She said the two-term Liberal leader should have stepped aside or been given the boot.
“It’s like when you’ve got milk in your fridge and it’s starting to go sour, you throw it out, and that’s what they should have done.”
She also admitted the campaign started late, didn’t have a big party machine behind it and candidates were inexperienced, but still believed the result was good.
“You can’t deny that we’ve done extremely well here – there is a place for One Nation in Western Australia so it can only grow from here.
“Major parties, have no doubt, they see me and One Nation as a threat to their political existence.”
She labelled the victors Labor “liars cheats and hypocrites” for placing the Liberals above One Nation on how-to-vote cards “so they cannot be trusted.”
“If we win seats in the upper house, we can keep the Labor party, hopefully, honest.”
She told her party faithful at a function in Perth’s southern suburbs that she didn’t expect to win lower house seats, despite telling reporters when she touched down on Sunday that the party had a chance to win the seats of Pilbara and Kalgoorlie.
State leader Colin Tincknell chipped in to nominate Albany, Baldivis, Darling Range and Swan Hills.