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EUTHANASIA Too quick a leap to counsel of despair

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FEDERAL ELECTION How to ensure your Senate vote goes all the way

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FEDERAL ELECTION
How to ensure your Senate vote goes all the way




News Weekly, June 18, 2016

If you did not vote for the Greens (for example) in the last election, and do not wish to vote for the Greens this time, you need to understand how under new voting system for the Senate your vote for, say, the Liberals or the DLP could still end up a vote for the Greens.

The new voting system for the

Senate is allegedly to make it

easier to tick the sheet.



For the last 30 years the Senate ballot paper allowed you two options: to number every box below the line with consecutive numbers; or to put a “1” above the line, which was shorthand for the “group voting ticket” which listed every candidate in declining order of preference.

The new ballot paper will tell you to vote either by numbering at least six boxes in the order of your choice above the line, or by numbering at least 12 boxes in the order of your choice below the line.

The third option (a ”savings provision”) – of a vote with only “1” above the line – while it is not informal, counts only towards the one party you number. Stay away from that option.

In this double-dissolution election 12 Senate positions are up for election in each state. Based on the 2013 federal election, the votes for NSW, for example, will be more or less as follows: Liberal/Nationals Coalition 38.56 per cent, Labor 32.58 per cent, Greens 9.7 per cent, Liberal Democrats 8 per cent, Christian Democrats 1.7 per cent, DLP 1.6 per cent, subtotal 93.16 per cent. In 2013, 6.84 per cent voted for all the other 38 minor parties).

Translating these estimated votes into quotas, the Coalition gets 5.0 quotas, the ALP gets 4.23 quotas, the Greens 1.26 quotas, the Liberal Democrats 1.0 quota, the Christian Democrats 0.22 quotas, and the DLP 0.21 quotas.

So, the Senate scrutiny will begin by electing five Liberal, four Labor, one Green and one Liberal Democrat, leaving only the 12th senator to be elected. The leftover quotas are: ALP 0.23, Greens 0.26, Christian Democrats 0.22, and DLP 0.21

If your Ballot Paper has no preferences beyond six above the line, then, once your sixth preference is out of the race, your vote “exhausts” (that is, is taken out of the count). Thus your vote will not flow to another candidate to build that candidate up as a rival to overtake the Greens, which gives the Greens candidate, if they are still in the race, ever so slightly a greater chance of winning the final seat.

You can overcome this weakness in the new system by numbering (as a bare minimum) six boxes above the line (or 12 boxes below the line). Ideally, you should fill in all the boxes above the line, or all the boxes below the line, putting your least preferred party last.




























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