The Coalition and the need to exchange preferences with One Nation.The results of State elections in Western Australia Elections are held periodically to elect members of the Parliament in the Australian state of Western Australia. The Parliament consists of two chambers:
It may be expected that much pressure will be placed on the Coalition by the Left and by the politically correct politically correct Politically sensitive adjective Referring to language reflecting awareness and sensitivity to another person's physical, mental, cultural, or other disadvantages or deviations from a norm; a person is not mentally retarded, but to prevent this exchange. Doubtless quite unjustified attacks on One Nation will continue, with further attempts at demonisation Noun 1. demonisation - to represent as diabolically evil; "the demonization of our enemies"
condemnation, disapprobation - an expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable; "his uncompromising condemnation of racism" . As previously, these attacks will almost certainly be inaccurate and unfair.
The following matters are material.
THE ELECTORAL POWER Electoral power is the power held by the electorate to decide the results of the elections as opposed to the power of the electorate to decide on policy. Thus the term refers to the voting in elections, not in direct democracy voting i.e. referendums, plebiscites etc. OF ONE NATION
By a policy of putting sitting members last in its preferences, in effect One Nation was able to unseat sufficient Liberal and National Party members to deliver Western Australia Western Australia, state (1991 pop. 1,409,965), 975,920 sq mi (2,527,633 sq km), Australia, comprising the entire western part of the continent. It is bounded on the N, W, and S by the Indian Ocean. Perth is the capital. to the Australian Labor Party Noun 1. Australian Labor Party - the oldest political party in Australia, founded in 1891; the party is moderately liberal
labor party, labour party - a left-of-center political party formed to represent the interest of ordinary working people on 10 February 2001. Further, the Australian Labor Party was returned to office in Queensland on 17 February, where also many Liberal and National Party candidates failed due to One Nation.
Mrs. Pauline Hanson Pauline Lee Hanson (née Seccombe; born May 27, 1954) is an Australian politician and former leader of the One Nation Party, a party with a populist, anti-immigration platform. In 2006, she was named by The Bulletin as one of the 100 most influential Australians of all time. , the leader of One Nation, has threatened that One Nation will adopt the same policy of putting sitting members last in the next Federal election. If this occurs, a very large number of seats will be delivered to the Australian Labor Party, especially in the rural and semi-rural areas where One Nation is strongest.
THE ATTEMPTED DEMONISATION OF ONE NATION BY THE LEFT
The emergence of One Nation has seen a remarkable effort to discredit it by the Left, by the politically correct, by elements of the media and by significant groups within the Liberal and National Parties.
These attacks have been made easier in that the One Nation leadership has been populist and less professional than that of other parties. Hence it has been relatively easy to disparage dis·par·age
tr.v. dis·par·aged, dis·par·ag·ing, dis·par·ag·es
1. To speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; belittle. See Synonyms at decry.
2. To reduce in esteem or rank. . Further, statements by One Nation representatives on (a) immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. and (b) Aboriginal affairs have been regarded as particularly offensive by the politically correct.
But have attacks made on One Nation been justified in fact?
As to immigration, opinion polls have disclosed that a majority of Australians have concerns with high levels of immigration. This immigration originates in large part from Asian and other non-Caucasian sources, and there are widespread concerns as to Australia's ability to absorb disparate racial groups and indeed as to the loyalty of such groups.
On current trends, there are the startling star·tle
v. star·tled, star·tling, star·tles
1. To cause to make a quick involuntary movement or start.
2. To alarm, frighten, or surprise suddenly. See Synonyms at frighten. statistics that during this century white Caucasians will cease to be a majority in both England and the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . But African nations will remain predominantly black, and Asian nations predominantly Asian, because they have not been compelled by internal or external pressures to introduce different races within their borders.
Of course, different people have different views as to whether large-scale immigration from disparate sources is desirable. But what is important here is that views favouring restrictive immigration are legitimate; and One Nation should not be disparaged because it represents these views as held by a large proportion, and perhaps even a majority, of Australians.
Similar considerations apply to the controversial subject of Aboriginals. Some Australians -- especially the politically correct -- maintain that Aboriginals are badly treated. Other Australians -- and most supporters of One Nation, for example -- point to the fact that more money is now spent on Aboriginals per capita [Latin, By the heads or polls.] A term used in the Descent and Distribution of the estate of one who dies without a will. It means to share and share alike according to the number of individuals. than on other Australians, that there is far-reaching affirmative discrimination in favour of Aboriginals, and that many half-caste or part-Aboriginals of predominantly white descent hold themselves out wrongly as Aboriginals and appear to be anxious to create social tension and disunity dis·u·ni·ty
n. pl. dis·u·ni·ties
Lack of unity.
Noun 1. disunity - lack of unity (usually resulting from dissension) . Supporters of One Nation, and indeed others in the community with similar views, represent an important element of public opinion and should not be disparaged. They may; after all, turn out to have been correct.
EXCHANGES OF PREFERENCES
With this background, why should the Coalition be criticised if it agrees with One Nation to exchange preferences? Should the Coalition be seriously expected to prefer instead the Australian Democrats or the Greens, which are both to the left of the Australian Labor Party? Or should the Coalition allow itself to be pressured into preferring the Australian Labor Party itself to One Nation? (1) That it should be necessary even to ask these questions is a tribute to the pervasiveness of political correctness politically correct
adj. Abbr. PC
1. Of, relating to, or supporting broad social, political, and educational change, especially to redress historical injustices in matters such as race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. today. It is not politically correct to query the levels of immigration or to query the large amounts that are apparently wasted by the Aboriginal industry. The political parties of the Left, their supporters in the media and also the Jewish lobby Jewish lobby is a term referring to allegations that Jews exercise undue influence in a number of areas, including politics, government, business, the media, academia, popular culture, public policy, international relations, and international finance. (which has been particularly critical of One Nation) have worked hard to reinforce this position.
As noted, on present indications only a radical change in public opinion will save Mr. Howard from losing the forth-coming Federal election. If he loses, for what achievements will he be remembered? Admittedly he effectively prevented an ill-conceived attempt to introduce a republic, in which he showed courage. But conversely, he permitted his Treasurer, Mr. Peter Costello Peter Howard Costello (born 14 August 1957) is an Australian politician. He has been Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party since 1994, and Treasurer of Australia since 1996, making him the longest serving treasurer in Australian history. , to do great damage to the Australian taxation system by introducing an inappropriate G.S.T. and by rendering that system so complicated that only accountants and taxation lawyers benefited. (2)
Further, Mr. Howard has not shown himself prepared to act in the general interests of Australians by confronting the more aggressive and fanciful demands of the Aboriginal industry (which consists largely of persons of mixed race, and not of Aboriginals). Special Aboriginal expenditures of $2,000 million annually ensure that per capita much more is spent on Aboriginals and persons of mixed race than is spent on ordinary Australians. Mr. Howard has accepted this position instead of taking firm action, as principle demands, to ensure that all Australians receive equal treatment and to prevent mixed-race bureaucrats from fomenting unpleasantness for the sake of pecuniary Monetary; relating to money; financial; consisting of money or that which can be valued in money.
pecuniary adj. relating to money, as in "pecuniary loss. rewards and their own advancement.
In short, Mr. Howard has in many respects emulated Mr. Malcolm Fraser
Many of those who oppose exchanges of preferences between Coalition candidates and One Nation candidates are persons who wish the Australian Labor Party to succeed. From their own point of view it is quite natural to attempt to prevent reasonable exchanges of preferences amongst non-Labor parties. In fact, the Australians Democrats are to the left of the Australian Labor Party, and the Greens are far to its left. From the viewpoint of principle Coalition supporters should accordingly place the Greens last, the Australian Democrats second last and the Australian Labor Party third last.
(1.) Unfortunately this latter course has been advocated by Mr. Malcolm Fraser, who has become an increasingly strident proponent of political correctness.
(2). See "When Will Mr. Costello Sink the Coalition?", National Observer, No. 43, Summer 2000, pages 9-11.