Rise of the far right: Anti-Muslim parties fail to make mark

Pauline Hanson and One Nation Wright candidate Rod Smith.
Pauline Hanson and One Nation Wright candidate Rod Smith. Rob Williams

THE ghost of Clive Palmer still hangs over Australian politics despite his own departure after just one term.

Votes that drifted to the Palmer United Party in 2013 have not come back to either Labor and the Coalition.

But an expected big vote for the stridently anti-Muslim Australian Liberty Alliance and the far right Rise Up Australia Party did not eventuate.

Family First, another party with strong Pentecostal Christian churches connections, also languished receiving only just over three perecent in both Fairfax and Fisher.

The disaffection with the major parties has however endured into the 2016 poll with voters looking instead to minor parties and independents with Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party a big winner.

The Greens have also increased their vote in Wide Bay with 9.09% (up 2.18%); Fairfax with 13.84% (up 4.9%) and Fisher where former mayoral candidate Tony Gibson has recorded 14.07% (up 4.74%).

Pauline Hanson One Nation Party candidate Elise Anne Cottam with 16.59% in Wide Bay and Robert Pasquali with 9.56% of the vote in Fairfax helped drag the minor party vote into significant totals.

Independents and minor parties in Fairfax secured 17.97% of the vote, 13.84% in Fisher an 26.85% in Wide Bay excluding the Greens.

Topics:  editors picks fairfax federal election 2016 fisher one nation pauline hanson

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