A PRESS conference with Pauline Hanson in Mandurah today was shut down after journalists brought up anti-vaccination comments Ms Hanson made during a television interview yesterday.
Journalists were told before the conference that Ms Hanson would only comment on State issues.
The vaccination question was deemed a Federal issue, despite WA having some of the lowest rates in Australia.
The latest data shows 91 per cent of Mandurah children are vaccinated and Pinjarra’s rates are even lower with only 87 per cent of two-year-olds vaccinated. 95 per cent of the community need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity.
Despite a late poll slump, Ms Hanson was given a rock star’s greeting in Mandurah, with local café goers greeting her with applause and cheers.
A teenage girl was overheard saying she wanted to get a selfie with Ms Hanson for her dad.
Chris, who asked not to have his last name used, said he would be voting for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation in the State Election.
He said as a former redhead he had a soft spot for Ms Hanson.
“I’m concerned about what the major parties are doing to the average people,” he said.
“I work for a utility so I’m concerned about privatisation.”
Chris said being a One Nation voter did not make him a racist.
“I believe in giving people a fair go,” he said.
“I believe in some immigration, but with better control, I’m concerned about queue jumpers.”
One Nation Mandurah candidate Doug Shaw, who was handpicked by Ms Hanson, had little to say during the press conference.
However, he did attack Labor state secretary Patrick Gorman’s remarks that the Liberal government was trying to “sneak back in power” on the back of One Nation votes.
Mr Shaw claimed that David Templeman edged out the Liberal’s then-incumbent Mandurah MLA Roger Nicholls in 2001 after One Nation preference votes went against sitting members.
Mr Shaw will preference local Liberal candidate Lynne Rowlands ahead of Mr Templeman.
Three candidates have quit One Nation over the preference deal.
Ms Hanson called Labor “liars, cheats and disgraceful” over their preference comments.
She compared it to campaigning around Medicare in the Federal election.
WA One Nation Leader Colin Tincknell said that these days “Labor and Liberal aren’t the major parties”.
Ms Hanson said that small business needed more help from the government.
“They’re going under, they’re going bankrupt,” she said.
“They want taxation fixed and they’re fed up with red tape.
“They want to hire and sack people as needed.”
She said small businesses were sick of being attacked by the Federal Government, when they should be taking on multinationals.
Latest polls predict One Nation could receive nine per cent of the vote on Saturday.
Ms Hanson will continue to campaign around the State this week.