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One Nation upbeat about WA election

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016

One Nation has registered for next year's Western Australia election and leader Pauline Hanson has sounded a warning to the major parties, pointing out that the state was where it once had the most support.

Polls are suggesting a tight battle between Labor and Colin Barnett's eight-year-old Liberal-National government, meaning One Nation could shape the result through preferences and hold the balance of power.

The scenario is being compared to 2001, when One Nation commanded 10 per cent of the vote in WA and preferences against sitting MPs helped turf out Liberal Premier Richard Court.

"I don't think it is unlike what we experienced in Queensland, especially right from the very beginning our strong support came not only from Queensland, at one stage we had stronger support from Western Australia, 27 per cent was from there," she told ABC radio on Tuesday.

"I think we are very much alike in a lot of ways, because we're very much rural and regional areas and this has a big impact - I believe in those sectors people feel they've been forgotten by the major political parties."

She said many people felt there was no hope for them amid declines in farming and mining workforces, and she thought government departments should decentralise and have greater rural presences.

One Nation will field upper and lower house candidates at the March election.

"I want to make clear to Western Australian people that the vote belongs to you, not the political parties... and I want the people to determine who they feel will be the best representative for them, to empower people," she said.

The party's resurgence in the bush is a challenge to the WA Nationals and its leader Brendon Grylls' controversial mining tax proposal is being viewed as a populist policy that can help challenge One Nation.

The Liberal Democrats also say they have more than enough members to register for the WA election.

A spokesman for NSW Senator David Leyonhjelm told AAP the party would only run for the upper house and had not yet selected any candidates.

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