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By geni_lou 27 August 2013 66

The Animal Justice Party is preferencing liberals Zed Seselja over the Greens Simon Sheikh in the Senate. They are also top of the ballot paper, which means they will get the donkey vote. If you’re voting for the libs anyway, obviously it won’t matter.

If you think you’re voting for animal welfare however, you’re actually sending your vote to the liberals, which actively oppose AJP’s policies.

AJP’s preferences, and their position on the ballot could hand Abbott the Senate – Antony Green has done a blog post on it here: http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2013/08/senate-preferences-act.html.

AJP are deleting comments on their facebook page that highlight what a vote for them actually means.

So the moral of the story is, if you were going to vote for the libs anyway and were thinking AJP, go for it. If the thought of a liberal controlled Senate freaks you out; you think a party that will preference against their values just to spite another party they’re angry they can’t control is bonkers; and/or you think a party deleting comments letting people know where their vote will actually go is unethical, maybe think about swinging your vote another way.

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Grail 11:23 am 18 Sep 13

Darkfalz said :

After further counting it appears Libs will achieve a quota in their own right. So Simon Shiekh supporters can stop hyperventilating.

Nope. Below-the-line preferences are showing that many people in Canberra who wanted to vote AJP are voting below-the-line and putting Greens ahead of Liberal.

Your scrutineers would have been able to tell you this, if you’d been paying attention.

Darkfalz 8:38 am 10 Sep 13

c_c™ said :

Cry wolf enough times and people won’t listen anymore. Looking at the raw AEC figures and the swing away from the Greens, I thought it was practically impossible for Sheikh to make it over the line, so I was shocked to see the CT headline.

Indeed. Record pre and postal voting in this election, which while not completely uniform obliviously, tends to favour liberals by a few percent over polling day. You can look through the results of the 2010 election and see postal voting, on those levels, tended to increase the overall result by up to half a percent swing for the LNP. I suspect Capricornia, Barton and McEwan all go to the lib’s way, or worst case 2 of 3. I think Mirabella is gone, and Palmer is in in Fairfax though.

Darkfalz 8:29 am 10 Sep 13

After further counting it appears Libs will achieve a quota in their own right. So Simon Shiekh supporters can stop hyperventilating.

housebound 9:40 pm 09 Sep 13

Back to the OP.

If the AJP wanted to get the Greens’ attention to their issue, I would have to say it worked. It’s politics. the only things politician really notice is votes, and their fear of losing them.

c_c™ 5:19 pm 09 Sep 13

Aeek said :

c_c™ said :

Also, I have to give a special mention to the Canberra TImes for once against screwing up their election coverage. They ran a headline saying Sheikh looked set to get the seat, followed by a headline saying Seslja in a close fight, to headline now that he’s making ground. Can these people stop jumping the gun?

That’s how the media works. Get it right first time and you only have one story.
Get it right on the tenth time and that’s ten stories. Where’s their incentive ?

Cry wolf enough times and people won’t listen anymore. Looking at the raw AEC figures and the swing away from the Greens, I thought it was practically impossible for Sheikh to make it over the line, so I was shocked to see the CT headline.

RedDogInCan 3:21 pm 09 Sep 13

housebound said :

Below-the-line optional preferential would be less good as it has the potential to make the accusation ‘a vote for a mnor party is a wasted vote’ come true. The 2008 ACT election is a good example of how things can go wrong.

I would prefer that my vote didn’t count rather than go to someone I do not support. The vote should really be ‘pick X number of candidates from this list’ and the X with the most votes get a spot.

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