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With nationalist agenda, 'Australia's Trump' advances ahead of poll

Polls suggest anti-immigrant 'One Nation' party is gaining ground ahead of state elections

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Australia's "One Nation" party leader Pauline Hanson   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- The resurgence of the ultra-nationalist and anti-immigration "Pauline Hanson's One Nation" party in Australia has been reinforced by a national opinion survey showing that the party has doubled its support to 10% of the Australian electorate since November.

With Hanson's anti-Asian and anti-Muslim rhetoric appealing to deep-seated prejudice in many parts of Australia, One Nation looks set to do well in state parliament elections in Western Australia on March 11 and likely poll in Queensland in 2018.

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