The Queensland Election Said, “One Nation? 🙅‍♀️🙅‍♀️🙅‍♀️”

Good morning and good riddance to the One Nation party who just had an historic defeat at the recent Queensland state election 😘👌. In fact, even political experts are calling it a total “collapse” in support. What a beauty. The Evil simply has been defeated.

In case you missed it, over the weekend, Queensland held its state election, where the current state premier and Queensland Labour Party leader Annastacia Palszczuk won by a landslide. As in, 50 votes to ALP, 31 LNP and 7 seats towards independent MPs and minority parties. 

While it looks like only two seats went to the Greens in Brisbane’s Maiwar (Michael Berkman) and South Brisbane (Amy MacMahon), there is one big plus about the small number of minority seats in the Queensland election. *drum roll please* Not only did Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party only receive one (1) vote, but Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party didn’t even land a single seat. Eat it, rich man who wants to build his own Jurassic Park and Titanic. 

“One of the really satisfying things from the election last night was to see the collapse in the One Nation vote,” Federal Labor’s Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers told the ABC’s AM program.

“We don’t pretend that that’s necessarily permanent, but it was very heartening to see that vote collapse,” he continued. “And while we’re at it, it was very heartening to see the almost complete humiliation of Clive Palmer, who threw millions of dollars at this campaign and barely registered in the tally at the end of the night.” For reference, Palmer who spent $4.7 million in a political campaign aimed at opening up the borders and backed by his mining empire Mineralogy, racked up a measly 0.57 percent. 

Of the seven non-ALP and non LNP seats, Bob Katter’s Katter Australian Party received three, Greens two and the remaining two then split to Noosa independent MP Sandy Bolton and One Nation’s Stephen Andrew in Mirani. Per Brisbane Times, the One Nation party had candidates in all but three of the state’s 94 seats, which was more than they’ve had in any other state election. And yet, hilariously, they only got seven percent of the primary vote, nearly half of their 12.81% swing in the 2017 election. 

In the words of Scomo, “mate, how good’s that?” You simply love to see it. It’s unclear exactly what led to this absolute defeat. It may have been because of One Nation’s history racial profiling non-white Australians, normalising far-right rhetoric, or the time she decided to climb Uluru simply because First Nations people had finally won the long legal battle to stop people from climbing the historic Indigenous Australian landmark. Or, as Senator Hanson, who you may note basically vanished from the public eye in the lead up to the state election, sees it, because of the ABC, lmao.

“One Nation has always traditionally done very well in the regions, you’ve had no cameramen, there’s no snappers for newspapers out there,” Hanson’s chief of staff James Ashby told the ABC. “The ABC’s pretty fat down there in Brisbane, but you do nothing in the regions.”

Over the weekend, One Nation party leader Pauline Handson learnt a valuable lesson I once learnt fishing in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. When you’ve got your rod out in the ocean and are fishing for attention, you may think “this is it, this is the big one” but, really, all you’re going to get is the boot. 

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Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.