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‘Swamped by Muslims’ Party Finds Supporters in Australian Vote

  • Party leader Hanson had brief lawmaker stint two decades ago
  • Hanson benefited from disillusionment with major parties
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Turnbull Claims Australia Election Victory

A closely-fought Australian election has brought with it the revival of a fringe party led by right-wing politician Pauline Hanson, showing the country is not immune to the anti-immigration mood sweeping parts of western Europe and the U.S.

While Hanson’s party secured only 4.2 percent of the primary vote in Australia’s upper house, that’s enough under the country’s preferential voting system to secure her a Senate spot and the chance to influence legislation. Another Hanson-led One Nation party candidate may win a Senate seat.