Controversial ring-wing politician Pauline Hanson is on the cusp of claiming a seat in Queensland’s parliament after a 13-year absence from Australian politics.
Ms Hanson leads the election count in the seat of Lockyer by more than 300 votes and is now in the running to win the seat, according to ABC election analyst Anthony Green.
Liberal National Party MP Ian Rickuss has held the seat since 2004, but could lose it after a 19 per cent swing to Ms Hanson following the weekend’s state election.
Ms Hanson became infamous for her controversial views on immigration and multiculturalism during her time as an independent MP in the 1990s.
She declared in parliament Australia was at risk of being “swamped by Asians”.
In November last year, the 60-year-old announced she would contest the seat of Lockyer and return to politics at the leader of the One Nation party she helped found, but resigned from in 2002.
Ms Hanson has made several unsuccessful attempts to return to politics after losing her federal seat of Oxley in 1998.
In 2001 and 2004 she attempted to gain a seat representing Queensland in the Senate, and in 2003 she ran for the New South Wales upper house.
Ipswich councillor Paul Tully said he would carry a sack of potatoes on his back down the main street if Pauline Hanson won the seat of Lockyer, which includes the town of Ipswich.
Mr Tully said votes in urban parts of the electorate – where Ms Hanson had done poorly on the primary count – were yet to be counted, and he was confident she would lose.
“My thinking still is the LNP will probably win, maybe not by the 3000 I first estimated, but it will be an interesting thing to watch,” he said.
“I don’t think it will be resolved for another eight days until all the postal votes have been counted.”
“If she crosses the line, two o’clock in the morning down the main street of Gatton I’ll carry a sack of potatoes on my back,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Ms Hanson said she would not comment until the result is final.
– with AAP