The politics of race and immigration in Australia: One nation voting in the 1998 election

Rachel Gibson, Ian McAllister, Tami Swenson

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Much has been written in a short space of time about the rapid rise and equally sharp decline of Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party in Australia. Many of these studies have alluded to the importance of the race issue for One Nation, but argued that ultimately the anti-immigrant and antiaboriginal sentiments associated with the party failed to mobilize voters. This study examines the debate using a multilevel analysis of One Nation [ON] support in the 148 federal electrorates. The competing explanations for ON support are tested using a combination of survey data and aggregate political, demographic and socio-economic statistics. The results show that race and immigration were major factors mobilizing ON supporters, and concerns about economic insecurity were of lesser importance. Conclusions are drawn on the extent to which ON's emergence corresponds to the growth in radical right populism in many continental European nations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)823-844
Number of pages22
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002


  • Anti-immigrant
  • One nation
  • Parties
  • Pauline Hanson
  • Radical right


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