Palmer, Hanson’s populist vote is flat in the 2022 poll

Despite fears that a backlash to COVID-19 restrictions would bolster their support, Australia’s minor right-wing populist parties have reached a ceiling.

One Nation’s Pauline Hanson (Image: Please Explain / Facebook by Pauline Hanson)

Support for Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party (UAP), Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and other far-right populist parties peaked during the 2022 election, despite fears that they could use the pandemic to revoke their own. vote.

With about three-quarters of the votes counted, UAP, One Nation, Katter’s Australian Party, Liberal Democrats and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers garnered about 11% of the first preference votes. This is a slight increase from 2019, where they earned around 8%, although part of that is explained by the One Nation primaries resumption of 2% because it registered three times the number of candidates.

Dr Benjamin Moffitt is an associate professor at Australian Catholic University and author of The global rise of populism. He says right-wing populist parties have stalled at roughly the same vote in the last three elections. He says there was reason to believe they could have achieved better results before the election.

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