Mandurah is shaping up as the district which could deliver the most votes to Queensland senator Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party at the recent state election.
The level of support the party recorded in Mandurah was neck-and-neck with Swan Hills, a district in Perth’s eastern suburbs, as the count drew to a close.
Early on Thursday morning, the electoral commission had One Nation’s Doug Shaw on 2,819votes in Mandurah, with the tally expected to climb before counting finished.
Mr Shaw won 12.8 per cent of the primary vote.
In Swan Hills the One Nation candidate only polled 10.7 per cent of the vote, but posted a primary vote of 2795, just ahead of their Mandurah tally.
In Mandurah, One Nation polled almost three times the number of votes recorded for the Greens WA, who were at 988 votes (4.5 per cent of the primary vote).
In Dawesville, One Nation polled 2204 votes and in Murray-Wellington the party was at 2507 at last count.
The Greens WA vote in both seat was also under five per cent and suffered swings away from their 2013 results.
Mandurah was the first stop for Senator Hanson’s tour of Western Australia in the week leading to the election where she met locals on the Eastern Foreshore, Mandurah Forum and Meadow Springs Shopping Centre.
Across the state, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation was projected to win just 4.9 per cent of the primary vote for the state’s lower house.
In the South West Legislative Council region, which covers the Peel region, One Nation won almost 11 per cent of the vote, with the party’s leader Colin Tincknell elected to the upper house.