It is clearly the case that ordinary Australians are struggling as income growth has slumped and household debt has soared to record levels. It is clearly the case that inequality in Australia has risen sharply over the past twenty years. And it is clearly the case that the vote for minor parties and their numbers in the Senate soared to record levels at last year’s election — and that One Nation’s support in recent Newspolls has soared since the election to an average of 10 per cent.
It would be simplistic to argue that the rise of One Nation and other minor parties is solely the result of declining real household incomes and growing inequality — and I’ve not seen anyone argue that it is. But without solid evidence, it is equally simplistic to argue that the rise of the minor parties has nothing to do with the growing economic pain in ordinary households.