Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison.
Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison. AAP IMAGE/LUKAS COCH

Morrison tells Libs 'learn from WA'

FEDERAL Treasurer Scott Morrison says the landslide WA election loss was a message for both the federal Liberal Party and One Nation.

He denied the state Liberals' preference deal with One Nation had anything to do with Labor's massive win at the state election over the weekend.

Speaking to Sydney radio station 2GB, Mr Morrison said party officials would ultimately decide whether there would be any future preference deals with One Nation.

Mr Morrison said the result was mostly due to local issues with the state coming through the "pointy end” of the mining construction downturn.

"We did see that coming and it's unfortunate, but the voters have spoken,” he told host Ray Hadley.

Mr Morrison said Pauline Hanson would be "judged on her policies and on her candidates” but also indicated her comments, particularly on vaccination, in the lead-up to the election impacted the party's result.

"At the end of the day ... they got a message on the weekend, as did we in WA, and you've got to learn from that,” he said.

"The preference deal, the party officials will look over that, but honestly if people think that's the reason the WA state government lost the election on the weekend, they're kidding themselves.

"We've been in there for some time and time and other issues locally took their toll. And you've just got to take your medicine on that and move forward.”

Senator Hanson defended One Nation's performance, saying the party had a "fantastic” result despite winning fewer seats than forecast.

She blamed a Labor "scare campaign” over the One Nation preference deal with the WA Liberals for the party not claiming more votes.

In an interview with Channel Seven's Sunrise program, she placed the blame squarely on Premier Colin Barnett.

One Nation is expected to win one or two upper house seats.

Fellow federal crossbencher Derryn Hinch agreed the result had nothing to do with the Turnbull government, but said One Nation had an "appalling” result.

"They went from 14% in the polls to around four point something,” Senator Hinch said.

"She said Vladimir Putin was a hero, got into bed with the anti-vaxxers and she got caught out lying about giving some of Queensland's GST to WA.”

Senator Hinch said the result was a warning for Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister to shake off the shackles of sections of his party and push for his own personal beliefs.

"If he is going to go down, he should go down fighting. He should give the real Malcolm Turnbull a go.”

One Nation has won 4.7% of the vote in WA, with 67.3% counted so far.


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