Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and the fate of its elected MPs – Antony Green’s Election Blog


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June 14, 2018 16:29:56

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation burst on to the Australian political scene with a spectacular debut at the 1998 Queensland election.

The party polled 22.7% of the vote and elected 11 members. It was the strongest debut by a new political party in the century since the Country Party emerged after the First World War.

Over the next three years the party elected members to the Senate and three state parliaments. It then largely disappeared until returning to elect four members to the Senate at the 2016 Federal election.

The success of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation has always been when the party’s name was prefixed by its founder’s name.

In the decade when Ms Hanson’s name was not associated with the party, One Nation became just another name in an already cluttered field of micro-parties.

The re-emergence of One Nation at the 2016 Federal election was entirely due to Pauline Hanson re-joining the party and her name again prefixing the party’s name.

That One Nation has been unable to build on its initial success is overwhelmingly due to internal disputes that have resulted in the departure of most of the party’s elected members.

The disputes have almost always seen the party’s elected members in one corner, and Ms Hanson in the other, supported by a series of past and current svengalis including David Ettridge, David Oldfield and James Ashby.

More than two-thirds of all elected One Nation members have left the party before the end of their term. The latest is NSW Senator Brian Burston, who today announced his resignation from the party.

Since 1998 there have been 30 men and women elected to parliaments under the banner of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.

This includes three Senators elected on re-counts after the disqualification of elected Senators.

Of those 30 elected members,

  • Six currently represent One Nation in Parliament: two in the Senate, three in the WA Legislative Council, and one in the Queensland Legislative Assembly.
  • Two were disqualified from sitting in the Senate (Heather Hill, Malcolm Roberts), with Rod Culleton resigning from the party before being disqualified from the Senate.
  • Nineteen resigned from the party in their first term.
  • Two lasted a full term in the party before being defeated at the next election (Bill Flynn, Len Harris)
  • Only one elected member has been re-elected for the party. Rosa Lee Long won Tablelands at the 2001 Queensland election and was re-elected in 2004 and 2006.

Below is a full list of the party’s 30 elected representatives and what has happened to them.

It should be noted that while I have used words like ‘resigned’ and ‘expelled’, the circumstances of departure by some members is disputed. Sometimes members jumped before being pushed, while others argued they did not leave the party — the party left them.

The Fate of Members Elected Representing Pauline Hanson’s One Nation
Election/
Electorate
Member Fate
1998 Queensland
Barambah
Dolly Pratt Resigned, re-elected as Independent.
Resigned from One Nation in February 1999 over issues of internal party democracy. Re-elected as an Independent in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009 and retired in 2012.
1998 Queensland
Burdekin
Jeff Knuth Resigned, defeated.
Pushed out of party in early 1999 after complaining about internal party democracy. Formed the Country Party before joining other former One Nation members in the City-Country Alliance. Lost seat to Labor at 2001 election.
1998 Queensland
Caboolture
Bill Feldman Resigned, defeated.
Elected Party Leader after 1998 election, broke with One Nation after party was de-registered December 1999 and registered City-Country Alliance as a new party. Defeated at 2001 election contesting seat of Pumicestone.
1998 Queensland
Hervey Bay
David Dalgliesh Resigned, defeated.
Broke with One Nation after party was de-registered December 1999 and became part of new City-Country Alliance. Defeated at 2001 election.
1998 Queensland
Ipswich West
Jack Paff Resigned, defeated.
Broke with One Nation after party was de-registered December 1999 and became part of new City-Country Alliance. Defeated at 2001 election.
1998 Queensland
Lockey
Peter Prenzler Resigned, defeated.
Broke with One Nation after party was de-registered December 1999 and became part of new City-Country Alliance. Defeated at 2001 election by new One Nation candidate.
1998 Queensland
Maryborough
John Kingston Resigned, re-elected as an Independent.
Resigned from One Nation in February 1999 over issues of internal party democracy. Re-elected as an Independent in 2001 before resigning from Parliament in 2003.
1998 Queensland
Mulgrave
Charles Rappolt Resigned from parliament.
Resigned from parliament
within six months due to ill-health.
1998 Queensland
Tablelands
Shaun Nelson Resigned, defeated.
Resigned from One Nation in February 1999 over issues of internal party democracy. Defeated as an Independent by new One Nation candidate at 2001 election.
1998 Queensland
Thuringowa
Ken Turner Resigned, defeated.
Resigned from One Nation in February 1999 over issues of internal party democracy. Defeated contesting 2001 election as an Independent.
1998 Queensland
Whitsunday
Harry Black Resigned, defeated.
Broke with One Nation after party was de-registered December 1999 and became part of new City-Country Alliance. Defeated at 2001 election.
1998 Federal
Senate – QLD
Heather Hill Disqualified.
Elected to Senate at 1998 election but never took seat after being disqualified as a dual citizen. Her seat was taken by Len Harris.
1998 Federal
Senate – QLD
Len Harris Stayed in party, defeated.
Replaced Heather Hill. Stayed in party for full term and defeated at 2004 election.
1999 NSW
Legislative Council
David Oldfield Resigned/expelled, did not re-contest.
Expelled from party in 2000, formed separate One Nation NSW party under state electoral law. Became an Independent in 2004 and did not re-contest at the 2007 election.
2001 WA
Legislative Council
South West
Paddy Embry Resigned, defeated.
Resigned from party in 2003. Formed New Country Party. Defeated at 2005 election.
2001 WA
Legislative Council
Agricultural
Frank Hough Resigned, defeated.
Resigned from party in 2004. Formed New Country Party. Defeated at 2005 election.
2001 WA
Mining and Pastoral
John Fischer Resigned, defeated.
Resigned from party in 2004. Contested 2005 election as an Independent and was defeated.
2001 Queensland
Gympie
Elisa Roberts Resigned, re-elected as Independent.
Resigned to sit as an Independent in April 2002 complaining of demands from local branch members. Re-elected as an Independent in 2004, defeated in 2006.
2001 Queensland
Lockyer
Bill Flynn Stayed in party, defeated.
Stayed in party and was defeated at the 2004 election
2001 Queensland
Tablelands
Rosa Lee Long Stayed in party, re-elected.
Stayed in party and was re-elected in 2004 and 2006. Defeated at 2009 election after redistribution abolished seat.
2016 Federal
Senate – NSW
Brian Burston Resigned, still in Parliament.
Resigned from party in June 2018
2016 Federal
Senate – QLD
Pauline Hanson Still in Parliament.
2016 Federal
Senate – QLD
Malcolm Roberts Disqualified.
Disqualified on citizenship grounds 2017
2016 Federal
Senate – QLD
Fraser Anning Resigned, still in Parliament.
Elected at re-count to replace Malcolm Roberts. Split from party after taking seat.
2016 Federal
Senate – WA
Rod Culleton Resigned, disqualified.
Resigned from party ahead of being disqualified as a Senator.
2016 Federal
Senate – WA
Peter Georgiou Still in Parliament.
Elected to fill vacancy caused by disqualification of Rod Culleton. Still in Parliament.
2017 WA
Legislative Council
East Metropolitan
Charles Smith Still in Parliament.
2017 WA
Legislative Council
Mining and Pastoral
Robin Scott Still in Parliament.
2017 WA
Legislative Council
South West
Colin Tincknell Still in Parliament.
2017 Queensland
Mirani
Stephen Andrew Still in Parliament.

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