How has Pauline Hanson's "One Nation" Party affected the Australian Economy and migration to Australia?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that One Nation's impact on public policy regarding immigration and economic matters was more significant in 1997 and 1998 than it is today.  At the time of its inception, the party and movement was experiencing a great deal of support.  Winning over 20% of the legislative vote in 1998 state elections and close to 10% of the national electoral vote made it a formidable presence in shaping the dialogue that surrounded immigration and economic matters.  Its ultra conservative, protectionist view of the economy and its hardline stance against immigration opened a side of the discourse that had not been seen so prevalently in public policy articulation.

However, I think that One Nation's political effect today is nowhere near what it once was.  As the party gained power and Hanson was elevated on the national stage, the influence of One Nation began to wane.  Hanson and the party leadership proved to be ineffective in making One Nation a politically relevant entity.  At the same time, mainstream parties chipped away at the membership, attracting these individuals back to traditional party affiliation.  One Nation is now seen as a "fringe" party, one that is beyond the norms of acceptable political leadership.  It is in this light where Hanson and her party no longer are able to exert significant and serious influence on relevant issues such as economic matters and immigration.