What changes have One Nation made to modern Australian society? 

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The reality of current Australian politics is that the One Nation party is more of a "fringe" element.  In comparison to the presence it held in 1997 and 1998, the party does not hold as much power over Australian politics.  Yet, one of the changes that One Nation forced was a reexamination of how globalization impacted Australia. One Nation and Pauline Hanson articulated a frustration that many Australians were experiencing. The immersion of Australia into a globalized context contributed to the perception that its own identity was being forsaken.  As uncomfortable as it was, the fear of being "overwhelmed" with immigration and losing economic autonomy were concerns that Australians felt.  One Nation changed Australian political and social life by moving these questions from private concerns that people were "afraid" to articulate into the public domain where they became part of the political discourse.  

Another change to Australian society is the "Hanson factor" in Australian perception.  People from other countries, specifically South East Asian nations, cite the prejudice and racist attitudes that Hanson and her followers articulated in the late 1990s as impacting their view of Australia.  Even though One Nation has decreased in political effectiveness, one of its imprints upon Australian society is the perception of discrimination.  In popularizing and advocating a perception of being unwelcome to people from other nations, Australian society has had to adapt.  This is another change because of One Nation.