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Marriage Equality – Victorian Senate How-To-Vote Card

This is the Victorian Senate how-to-vote card for the Australian Equality Party (Marriage).

Designated as Marriage Equality, the party has allocated its preferences as follows:

  1. Marriage Equality
  2. The Greens
  3. Australian Sex Party
  4. Australian Cyclists Party
  5. Animal Justice Party
  6. The Arts Party

The party was first registered in 2014. [Read more…]


Family First: Victorian How-To-Vote Card

This is the Family First how-to-vote card for the Victorian electorates of Aston, Chisholm, Deakin and Menzies.

The Senate how-to-vote recommendation is shown in the second image.

Click each image to enlarge. [Read more…]


Australian Christians: Victorian How-To-Vote Card

This is the Victorian how-to-vote card for the Australian Christians.

The micro party is allocating its Senate preferences as follows:

  1. Australian Christians
  2. Democratic Labour Party
  3. Family First Party
  4. Rise Up Australia Party
  5. Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
  6. Liberal Party

The ticket was being distributed at some pre-poll centres today. This one was acquired in Deakin.

Click the image to enlarge. [Read more…]


Sex Party – Victorian Senate How-To-Vote Card

This is the Australian Sex Party’s how-to-vote card for the Victorian Senate election.

The Sex Party recommends numbering 1-6 in the following order:

  1. Sex Party
  2. Voluntary Euthanasia Party
  3. Marriage Equality
  4. Secular Party of Australia
  5. The Arts Party
  6. Renewable Energy Party

The Sex Party polled 1.37% nationally in the 2013 federal election. It polled 1.89% in Victoria.

The party has been placed second on the ALP how-to-vote card in Victoria.
[Read more…]


ALP Victoria: Statewide How-To-Vote Guide

This is the ALP’s Victorian how-to-vote guide.

The leaflet was available at pre-poll centres today.

It shows the recommended how-to-vote for each of the 37 Victorian electorates, plus the Senate.

Click each image to enlarge. [Read more…]


ALP – Cowper (NSW) How-To-Vote Card

This is the first how-to-vote card I’ve seen for this year’s election: the ALP’s card for the NSW electorate of Cowper.

Cowper

CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE

Cowper is a safe coalition electorate. Since 1901, it has only been held by the ALP once, between 1961 and 1963. The current Nationals member, Luke Hartsuyker, has held the seat since 2001.

Hartsuyker won the seat in 2013 with 53.05% of the primary vote. The ALP polled 25.37% and the Greens 12.37%. [Read more…]


Election Gets Willing As Preference Deals Announced; Turnbull Says Libs Will Put Greens Last

The Liberal Party has announced that it will preference the Labor Party ahead of the Greens in every electorate in the election.

The ALP has announced that it will preference the Liberal Party ahead of The Nationals in the rural seats of Murray (Vic), Durack and O’Connor (WA).

The Liberal Party decision is particularly important since it makes it very difficult for the Greens to make up ground in Batman, Wills and Melbourne Ports (Vic), and in Sydney and Grayndler (NSW). The decision all but guarantees that the ALP candidates will win these seats. Late last week, the Greens announced that they would preference the ALP ahead of the Liberals in the inner-city Melbourne seats.

The decision could make Melbourne difficult for the Greens member Adam Bandt, who will need to maintain his primary vote to overcome the lack of Liberal preferences.

The ALP’s preferences in the three rural seats will also prevent The Nationals increasing their numbers in the Coalition, relative to the Liberal Party. ALP preferences will be of particular value in Murray, where the new Liberal candidate, Duncan McGauchie, faces a strong Nationals contender, Damian Drum. [Read more…]


John Forrest (Nat-Mallee) 1993 How-To-Vote Card

This is the how-to-vote card issued by the National Party in Mallee at the 1993 federal election.

John Forrest won the election and became just the third member to hold the seat in 44 years.

Mallee, usually one of the safest coalition seats in the nation, had been represented by Peter Fisher since 1972. At its establishment in 1949, the seat was held by Winton Turnbull.

Because the Liberal/National coalition agreement allows both parties to contest a seat when a sitting member retires, Forrest faced a battle at the 1993 election. The National Party’s primary vote fell by 31.66% to 37.66%, with the Liberal candidate Adrian Kidd polling 32.48%. The ALP’s John Zigouras polled 26.52% and directed his preferences to Kidd. After preferences, Forrest won the seat by just 736 votes, or 50.50%.

At the next election in 1996, without a Liberal candidate, Forrest polled 69.45% of the primary vote and 73.70% of the two-party-preferred vote.

Forrest served for twenty years and retired in 2013. [Read more…]


Queensland To Introduce Voter ID Law, Increase Funding Threshold, Allow Unlimited Donations

Requiring electors to produce identification when they vote is part of a package of electoral reforms to be introduced by the Queensland government.

Voters will be required to produce a driver licence, passport, utility bill, Medicare card or similiar identification when they turn up to vote.

The government is also proposing to increase the primary vote threshold for public funding from 4% to 10%, a measure that will severely affect the level of funding provided to minor parties, including the Greens and the Palmer United Party.

The government is proposing to publish how-to-vote cards on the Electoral Commission’s website during elections.

The most controversial measure proposes to abolish caps on political donations and expenditure. The government plans to bring donation disclosure regulations in line with federal laws.

Media statement from Jarrod Bleijie, Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.

Voting revolution for Queensland

Voting will be revolutionised at the next state election under electoral reforms introduced in Parliament today. [Read more…]


Joan Child, First Female ALP Member Of House, First Female Speaker, Dies, 91

Joan Child, the first female Labor member of the House of Representatives, and the first female Speaker, has died. She was 91.

Child was elected to the Melbourne electorate of Henty, centred around Oakleigh, in 1974. She had unsuccessfully contested the electorate in 1972.

She was defeated at the 1975 election and again in 1977. She returned to the House in 1980, securing re-election to Henty in 1983, 1984 and 1987.

Child became the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives in February 1986. She relinquished the position in August 1989, ahead of her retirement at the 1990 election. [Read more…]