Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party has secured four senate seats, bringing the independent party crossbench tally to 11.
The One Nation Party unexpectedly scored two seats in Queensland, one in New South Wales and one in Western Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports ‘the result will turn Ms Hanson into a Senate powerbroker.
‘The Turnbull government will need her bloc, plus Mr Xenophon's, to pass any bills opposed by Labor and the Greens.’
Adding, ‘If it keeps its four senators united, One Nation could also team up with Labor and the Greens to form a blocking majority on any bill.’
However, Antony Green told the ABC on Thursday: ‘One Nation has a very poor record of keeping their [MPs] in the party for a full term. They've tended to split very quickly.’
According to attorney-general George Brandis, the best way the Government can deal with Pauline Hanson is to explain why she is wrong.
‘To say that Pauline Hanson is not part of the national conversation… is ludicrous. What we have to do is we have to engage her and we have to explain why the views she expresses, about the Muslim community for example, are wrong,’ Brandis told the ABC’s Insiders program.