THERE has never been a bigger disconnect between city and country Australia.
If there is anything to take away from Saturday's Federal election, it is the Australia those in the cities believe to be true is a far cry from regional Australians' perception.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party has risen from almost 20 years in the political wilderness to essentially take control of Australia's future narrative.
In the House of Representatives, support for One Nation reached double digits in both of Fraser Coast's electorates (Hinkler and Wide Bay), and that figure was repeated in at least five other seats across the state.
As of 9am on Wednesday, June 6, One Nation's Senate support reached double figures in 11 electorates.
Blair, which covers parts of Ipswich, Esk and Gatton, and is the closest of those 11 electorates to the capital city, have supported One Nation to the tune of 15.3%.
A Fraser Coast Chronicle analysis of Hinkler and Wide Bay's results showed at least one in five Maryborough voters supported Ms Hanson's return, and the current support for One Nation in the Senate stands at 17.77% and 13.79% respectively.
Cityfolk are tearing out their hair in attempt to learn why and how it happened, but the answer is crystal clear: the city simply doesn't get the country.
Pauline Hanson is one of the most divisive politicians in Australian history.
She made headlines during her first parliamentary term from 1996 to 1998, then embarked on an eight-election losing streak before coming up trumps in the current count.
Ms Hanson is branded "controversial and even racist", but her website's biography says it is her "ability to ask the difficult questions" that has driven her popularity.
She is hammered from pillar to post for her comments, but these are the same words you hear if you walk down a regional Australian road.
Discontent with the major parties is used to explain her numbers, but One Nation, powered by Hanson's straight-talking style, connected with regional Australians far better than other minor parties.
In Hinkler's House of Representatives ballot, One Nation's Damian Huxham received more votes than Family First, Australian Liberty Alliance, The Greens and the Independent Bill Foster combined.
Australian Regional Media and News Corps's joint Fair Go for Regional Australia campaign was centred on the gap between the city and country population's access to basic needs like "health and hospital care, road infrastructure, education and welfare services".
While the joint-media campaign experienced victory after it was announced "the National Stronger Regions Fund will no longer be allowed to give money to major cities", the metropolitan population still does not understand regional Australians' need for services they take for granted.
Whether we like it or not, Ms Hanson is reflective of modern Australia, and it is about time the major parties, at both state and federal level, and people in major cities, took notice.
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