Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (PHON)

Because most of her devout followers have short attention spans and also because many Australians have a strange attraction to acronyms, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party has in recent times often been abbreviated to “PHON”. Like many acronyms it often tells only part of the tale.

This woman, her backers and her believers claim to be members of a political party. Leaving to one side the basic question of whether she leads an organisation similar to other Australian political parties or not, let us extend to her the assumption that her followers are in fact members of a political party. I know some detractors are inclined to suggest she is the figure head of a pyramid selling scheme where by getting accepted to stand as a candidate for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is really just a way of being first in the queue to purchase exorbitantly priced electoral material printed by James Ashby. But let us be generous and ignore the obvious for a minute.

I think that the acronym “PHON” is a most unsatisfactory acronym indeed. For a start, it could easily be confused, in the minds of her followers with that X rated party headed by Nick Xenophon. This is a special problem for South Australian voters who already have this X rated party and the Cory Bernardi Conservatives who are on a mission to stamp out those in their mist who want to marry their dogs or goats.

I am rather attracted to the idea of a proper acronym for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party if for no other reason than the less heard of them the better. So “let brevity be wit”. Now PHONP is unsuitable because it would easily be confused with FOMP or PONP or any number of things. Therefore, we are going have to be a little inventive in developing an acronym for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party.

I think the secret lies in looking at the entirety of “Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party” and skipping the first four letters of the last word which, as astute readers will have noticed, ends in “Y”.

So, the acronym for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party will henceforth be “PHONY”. This acronym has a number of attraction, not the least of which is that it accurately describes what it purports to represent.

After the 2017 Queensland Election, Pauline Hanson announced that her One Nation Party was going nowhere – leaving Tony Jones on Q & A to ask “I wonder how quickly they can get there?”