Canberra Liberals fall in with UAP preference deal

Ian Bushnell 1 May 2019 53

Party members outside pre-poll voting at Canberra Museum and Gallery in the city. Photo: George Tsotsos.

The Canberra Liberals have placed Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party second on its how to vote cards but is telling voters not to worry about Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party in the Senate, where at least six boxes need to be numbered above the line.

In line with the preference deal negotiated federally with Clive Palmer, the Group E pair of Peter Walter and Rebecah Hodgson are number two after Zed Seselja and Robert Gunning, with Labor five and the Greens at the bottom on six.

The deal has been called unconscionable by Independent Anthony Pesec, who has also taken aim at Fraser Anning, urging voters to leave his candidates off the ballot.

The Liberals agree on Anning with their how to vote card, leaving Group D (Conservative National Party) blank. The Independent pairing at Group C, Anthony Pesec and former Canberra Liberals president Gary Kent, are number three.

In the Reps, Labor and the Greens are slotted at the bottom of the cards in all three seats but the UAP candidates – Tony Hanley in Bean, Greg De Main in Canberra and Glen Hodgson in Fenner – are placed second.

The Canberra Liberals did not respond to questions about preference deals but a spokesperson said: “As the Prime Minister has said, Australians will decide who the next government and next Prime Minister will be. We are arguing for people to vote Liberal.”

Labor is giving no quarter, placing the Greens’ Penny Kyburz and Emma Davidson second on its Senate card behind its pair of Katy Gallagher and Nancy Wates, followed by the Independents Pesec and Kent, relegating the Liberals to the bottom behind the UAP. Like the Libs, Group D isn’t numbered.

It’s the same situation in the Reps, with Greens second, even in Canberra where the two parties are likely to battle for the seat, and the Liberals placed last behind the UAP.

The Greens will leave it up to voters, saying they should order their preferences however they choose, but not without some direction.

“For voters who want our recommendations, we are recommending preference orders based on the policies of the other parties and candidates, especially climate policies,” a spokesperson said.

“Labor’s Senate seat is safe, and the second seat will come down to Zed or the Greens as it has in previous years. The most powerful way to replace Zed is to vote 1 Greens in the Senate.

“It is vital that we stand united as a community against the far right in this election. We are recommending that voters put the Greens first in the Senate, put Zed Seselja and the Liberals last at number 6, and leave Anning’s far-right party off their ballots entirely.”

Independent ACT Senate candidate Anthony Pesec said that he was not entering into any preference deals with any other ACT Senate candidates and would not be recommending any preferences.

“As an Independent I want my supporters to make their own decisions about where their preferences should go in the ACT Senate contest,” he said.

“Labor and the Greens have made a preference-swap deal, while the Liberals have made an unconscionable deal with Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party.

“Under the new Senate voting rules introduced prior to the 2016 election, voters have the choice of numbering at least 1-6 boxes above the line or 1-12 candidates below the line.

“Those of my supporters that are most concerned about removing hard-right Liberal Senator Zed Seselja should put him well down their list. Conversely, those who are more concerned about not electing a Labor or Greens Senator should put them well down their list.

“The one recommendation I will make is that the people of Canberra firmly reject the divisive extremism of Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party.

“With seven groups above the line on the ACT Senate ballot, voters can cast a formal vote while leaving the Conservative National Party’s box blank.”

Pre-poll voting began on Monday and record numbers are getting in early.

The Australian Electoral Commission said almost 250,000 Australians had cast their vote at an early voting centre after two days of early voting, up strongly on the 145,000 votes cast at the same stage of the 2016 federal election.

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53 Responses to Canberra Liberals fall in with UAP preference deal
Helen Kvalheim Stephenson Helen Kvalheim Stephenson 8:11 am 04 May 19

Make your own choice! The liberals are disgusting!

Graeme Shields Graeme Shields 12:18 pm 03 May 19

I never vote above the line and never pay attention to how to vote cards handed out. I prefer to do my own research and vote my way. But I do already know the two who will get my lowest preferences.

Gilavon Gilavon 6:15 pm 02 May 19

Shorten in the Lodge will produce a nightmare for Australia. McManus, Setka and Di Natale will call the shots, industry and general business will shrink, profits fall, workers will be laid off. All very well for “permanent” government servants to indulge in the luxury of rubbishing the L-NP and dallying with independents. No major party, Labor or L-NP will ever “stand up” for the ACT because the electorate is in permanent lock-step with Labor and the independents will never have enough numbers in the parliament to force an issue.

Grimm Grimm 12:44 pm 02 May 19

I’d rather vote for Fraser Anning than the ALP/Green communist coalition.

Seems most here have had their vote bought by the promise of more handouts and usual ALP class warfare tripe though.

David Robinson David Robinson 12:00 pm 02 May 19

It's not rocket science just vote Labor.

    Natalie Grey Natalie Grey 5:37 pm 02 May 19

    David Robinson only if you want to be hit with unmanageable taxes that even Shorten is unable to cost or explain. Why would you vote for an idiot who doesn't understand his own policies? Or do you really believe that an electric car can charge in eight minutes?

    David Robinson David Robinson 6:41 pm 02 May 19

    Natalie I think climate change is what you are talking about with taxes, Labor is acting the LNP are not doesn't understand his policies did you watch the debate? I just came home from Fort Lauderdale the electric car we had charged within 1hr yes they have a bigger grid and if Lucy Turnbull backed Shorten who am I to disagree.

    Natalie Grey Natalie Grey 7:00 pm 02 May 19

    David Robinson why can't he answer journalist's questions about his costings? Where is the power going to come from to charge 10 million cars every day? What about people who live rurally -where batteries won't hold enough charge to get to the next station? Do you realise that batteries last less than five years and the average replacement cost us $30 000? Do you know that the average electric car generates more carbon dioxide than a diesel engine?

    David Robinson David Robinson 7:16 pm 02 May 19

    Natalie good points this is not going to happen overnight we are a big country,and your costings are correct most people will not have electric cars in Oz but capital cities are another story, I have a Mercedes Benz Diesel campervan will this impact certainly not.

Janette Condon Janette Condon 8:47 am 02 May 19

Put Zed last.

Tanya Kiermaier Tanya Kiermaier 7:21 am 02 May 19

Well that is going to make it hard to decide who to put last, except Z is the last letter of the alphabet

Roger Mungummary Roger Mungummary 2:21 am 02 May 19

Will be voting them last anyway. Anyone who deals with Palmer can't be trusted

Beth Mansfield Beth Mansfield 11:45 pm 01 May 19

Not only do they not know or understand us, they don't even care. This is Canberra zed, you've lived here ages and should know better.

Maddison Farrawell Maddison Farrawell 11:17 pm 01 May 19

Neenie Baines Neenie Baines 10:39 pm 01 May 19

Just another reason to boot them all. Especially Zed. Has anyone else received the personally addressed letter only to the MAN of the house??

Ian Ian 10:36 pm 01 May 19

I’m curious to know what the local Liberals think about Clive Palmer walking away from his business’ debt to taxpayers for paying his former employees’ entitlements, some $70m, plus what he owes other creditors. Likewise what do the UAP candidates themselves think of their leaders fairly unconscionable business practices?

Jean Wilson Jean Wilson 10:23 pm 01 May 19

Guaranteed to lose ....

Paul South Paul South 10:14 pm 01 May 19

I encourage every one to vote bellow the line and put the two major parties last . This is the only way we will ever get political reform. The libs and labour are the only two parties with enough clout to change anything . THEY NEED A WAKE-UP CALL

    Neenie Baines Neenie Baines 10:39 pm 01 May 19

    Paul South can you imagine the rabble we’d have? No thanks. I’ll be voting labor. But I’ll put the libs last.

    Margaret Freemantle Margaret Freemantle 1:39 pm 02 May 19

    Paul South that is not great advice - it will just make a bigger mess than we already have!! Informal if you feel that way or choose the least evil of the major parties

    Paul South Paul South 10:00 pm 02 May 19

    No pain no gain . There is no difference to the ingrained idiopathic agender of both major parties . You both have displayed apathetic reasoning . The fox and the crocodile.

    Mark Chapman Mark Chapman 11:57 am 04 May 19

    Preferencing Fraser Anning's henchmen, Clive Palmer's stooges and Fred Nile's acolyte ahead of Labor? No thanks!

Andrea Lloyd Andrea Lloyd 9:48 pm 01 May 19

Another excellent reason to put Zed last, as if you needed one. Another example of how far right the Liberals really are!

    Mark Chapman Mark Chapman 11:52 am 04 May 19

    The only reason that I'm not putting Zed dead last is that Fraser Anning's henchmen, Clive Palmer's stooges and Fred Nile's acolyte have to go somewhere!

    Andrea Lloyd Andrea Lloyd 4:09 pm 04 May 19

    Mark Chapman not sure who is the worst but I’m putting Seselja last just to be sure he doesn’t feature in the counting in any way. I think the other awful candidates you mention won’t get enough votes to be counted.

    Mary Kingsford Mary Kingsford 7:50 pm 04 May 19

    Andrea Lloyd don't be so sure. The newly registered, i.e. young people are being bombarded with their advertising.

    Andrea Lloyd Andrea Lloyd 8:54 pm 04 May 19

    Mary Kingsford I have faith that they are intelligent voters.

Margie Naylor Margie Naylor 8:54 pm 01 May 19

I shall be voting for Katy Gallagher in the Senate. She was a good Chief Minister and always puts her people first. No way would I vote for Piggy Seselja!

    Trevor Watson Trevor Watson 9:24 pm 01 May 19

    Margie Naylor you jest of course. She was the architect of the Mr Fluffy fiasco that caused so much financial loss to so many yet made humungous profits for the Government. Sorry I don't share your enthusiasm.

    Margie Naylor Margie Naylor 9:29 pm 01 May 19

    Trevor Watson can't blame her for that! Mr Fluffy was a private contractor and sold the people of Canberra on this type of insulation. It was the Barr government that made the big profits from everyone's misery!

    Tom Porter Tom Porter 9:42 pm 01 May 19

    Trevor Watson you jest. She inherited Mr Fluffy fiasco from the Department of Interior who allowed it to be put in and the Federal government didn't pay compensation.

    Neenie Baines Neenie Baines 10:40 pm 01 May 19

    Margie Naylor the other labor candidate for the senate is great too. Another woman, down to earth. I’ll be voting them one and two 🙂

    Narelle Ford Narelle Ford 10:42 pm 01 May 19

    Margie Naylor The Federal LNP govt only lent the ACT govt money for the buybacks when they should have given us a grant because it was the feds who missed that asbestos was in the walls and not just the ceiling. The feds were morally obligated to accept responsibility but they didn’t.

Justin Watson Justin Watson 8:08 pm 01 May 19

There are two ways to send a message to parliament in the ACT. On the senate vote for an independent first. Secondly wherever you preference the Liberals just put a higher number against Robert Gunning than you do for Zed Seselja. Even if Zed still wins the seat the more people who do this the more pressure we put on him to work for the territory he represents, a loss of first preference votes to the second Liberal candidate will be taken seriously.

Gabriel Spacca Gabriel Spacca 7:59 pm 01 May 19

Here’s a thought. Don’t follow any party’s how to vote cards. Make up your own mind as to who will get your preferences. Because they are YOUR preferences, not theirs.

    Paul South Paul South 10:16 pm 01 May 19

    Stop it ... that would require independents thinking

    Gabriel Spacca Gabriel Spacca 11:43 pm 01 May 19

    Sorry. Temporary malfunction. I will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

Fred Pilcher Fred Pilcher 7:50 pm 01 May 19

What a surprise.

Helen Kvalheim Stephenson Helen Kvalheim Stephenson 7:07 pm 01 May 19

Make your own choice! The liberals are disgusting!

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