Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party has eaten into support for the Coalition.
Newspoll surveys since the July 2 federal election reveal support for One Nation in lower-house seats has climbed to 6 per cent, up from 1.3 per cent on polling day.
In Queensland, the minor party is attracting 10 per cent of voters, up from 5.5 per cent in July.
In NSW and Western Australia, One Nation’s support is at 6 per cent.
Over the same period support for the Coalition has dropped 3.1 percentage points to 39 per cent, while Labor’s vote has increased 1.3 percentage points to 37 per cent.
Right on cue, Senator Hanson upped the ante on the Turnbull Government, demanding the immediate family of convicted terrorists be stripped of their citizenship and booted out of Australia.
“I don’t want them here,” she told the Seven Network on Monday.
She also argued anyone wanting to become an Australian citizen should have to wait at least seven years instead of four.
If they then commit a criminal offence punishable by more than 12 months’ jail, they should be deported, Senator Hanson says.
Cabinet minister Fiona Nash ducked questions on the One Nation resurgence.
“I’m focused on being part of the government that’s getting on with the job,” she told reporters in Canberra.
Labor senator Murray Watt is not surprised at the poll’s findings although he suspects One Nation might go the way of the failed Palmer United Party.
“The more that people see of what she actually stands for, they’re going to work out that she’s actually not their friend and not supporting their interests,” he said.
Greens senator Nick McKim reckons One Nation supporters will lose faith in the party once they see how the party’s senators vote in parliament.
“I’m fairly sure that a number of people who supported her at the election will start to ask why they wasted their vote.”