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Why the cult of Pauline won't be enough for One Nation this time

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29.03.2019

Can Pauline Hanson pull off a Trump? Her pitch: Don’t believe your eyes and ears. Believe me instead because the media is the enemy of the people and there’s a conspiracy against poor me. Trump says, “I am your voice!” Hanson says, “I am the last political voice that is here for this country."

So, will Hanson keep her base at the May federal election, or even, as some believe, grow it after she denies truth and plays victim?

That was her mistake ... One Nation leader Pauline Hanson chose to stand alongside James Ashby, left, and Steve Dickson on Thursday.Credit:AAP

For mine, Hanson made a killer mistake having James Ashby and Steve Dickson flank her on Thursday when she read a statement they clearly wrote direct from the Trump playbook, and the NRA playbook. Deny, deny deny. Offence, offence offence.

For much of the base, One Nation is a Pauline Hanson cult. She’s a romantic figure who’ll blow up the corrupt establishment. I’ll never forget meeting cabinet maker Anton Myck on the Pauline Hanson campaign trail in 1998. “I call her the redhead match, you know, and I voted for her to set the country on fire.”

There’s a problem, though, when her apparatchiks, always male, steal the limelight. Her first guru, David Oldfield, who bullied party members, made that........

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