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Pauline Hanson's One Nation set to form an alliance with Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/10/2018 Stephen Johnson

Pauline Hanson's One Nation is forming an alliance with a gun owners' rights party that could shake up politics in Australia's biggest state.

The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers won their first ever New South Wales seat in 2016, bagging the electorate of Orange in the state's central west with a mammoth 34 per cent swing on first-preference votes.

This ended the National Party's 69-year hold on the seat.

a man standing in front of a building: Pauline Hanson's One Nation is forming an alliance with a gun owners' rights party that could shake up politics in Australia's biggest state © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pauline Hanson's One Nation is forming an alliance with a gun owners' rights party that could shake up politics in Australia's biggest state

One Nation, however, which is headquartered in Queensland, is out polling the Shooters party, just five months out from the NSW election.

The Nationals have released polling to The Daily Telegraph showing One Nation recording a stronger primary vote in 13 of the state's 16 regional seats.

Queensland senator Pauline Hanson, One Nation's founder and leader, said she was open to a preference swap with the minor party, which could help either party win seats in the upper and lower houses.

'We are very closely aligned in a lot of policy areas,' she told News Corp Australia. 

a boy wearing a green hat is holding a fish: One Nation (Queensland senator Pauline Hanson pictured) is outpolling the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party, just five months out from the New South Wales state election © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited One Nation (Queensland senator Pauline Hanson pictured) is outpolling the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party, just five months out from the New South Wales state election

'I'd rather work with small parties instead of working against each other.

'Parties that are like-­minded in their policies and views must work together.'

Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian may struggle to win a majority in March, with a Newspoll earlier this year indicating a 50:50 result after preferences, which could see a hung parliament in NSW.

The eight-year-old Coalition government is also struggling in regional areas, following the loss of the Wagga Wagga by-election in a seat which the Liberal Party had held for 60 years.

a person standing in front of a body of water: Queensland senator Pauline Hanson, One Nation's founder and leader, said she was open to a preference swap with the Shooters party, which could see either party decide NSW's future © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Queensland senator Pauline Hanson, One Nation's founder and leader, said she was open to a preference swap with the Shooters party, which could see either party decide NSW's future

One Nation or the Shooters party could decide who forms the next government were either party to win a lower house seat in a chamber where neither the Liberal-National Coalition nor Labor commanded a majority.

The Shooters party has two MPs in the NSW upper house and one in the lower house seat of Orange.

One Nation however hasn't won a seat in the NSW Parliament since 1999, when Senator Hanson's former chief adviser David Oldfield was elected for an eight-year term. 

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