Seselja easily wins preselection vote for Senate

Ian Bushnell 23 November 2020 61
Senator Zed Seselja

Senator Zed Seselja will be back on the ballot for the next Federal election. Photo: File.

Senator Zed Seselja has brushed off a challenge for the Liberals’ No 1 spot on the Senate ballot for the next federal election in Sunday’s preselection vote.

Former naval officer and current Department of Defence employee Sam Fairall-Lee took on the right-wing party power broker but the sitting Senator easily accounted for him 178 votes to 47.

It is believed moderate Mr Fairall-Lee had the backing of former senator Gary Humphries whom Senator Seselja ousted in a bitter preselection contest in 2013.

Luke Hadfield was named as Seselja’s running mate.

Senator Seselja said: “I look forward to continuing to be a strong voice for the ACT in the Morrison government, and building on the more than $1 billion in new investment in the ACT from the Federal Government.”

Mr Humphries has been outspoken about the ACT election loss, largely attributing it to the right’s stranglehold on the party.

Some in the party had seen this vote as a rushed contest so Senator Seselja could secure his position before any serious challenge could be organised.

The party’s AGM immediately followed the preselection contest on Sunday and current division president John Cziesla fended off a challenge by Brindabella candidate James Daniels 111 votes to 62.

The party is conducting a review of the ACT election campaign but it may not be completed until the New Year.

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61 Responses to Seselja easily wins preselection vote for Senate
Natalie Gresham Natalie Gresham 8:35 am 25 Nov 20

🤬 the Liberals never learn do they. Let's just hope he gets voted out 😂😂😂

Christopher Goyne Christopher Goyne 10:59 pm 24 Nov 20

great news

chewy14 chewy14 9:02 pm 24 Nov 20

Anyone who knows even the basics of politics can see that Zed is the best chance of the Liberals retaining this Senate seat.

It would truly be a gift to the Greens if the Libs went with an unknown, low profile candidate.

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 8:24 pm 24 Nov 20

Interestingly (but probably not all that surprisingly) in the 45 years since the ACT gained representation in the Senate, the first preference vote share for Liberal candidates has typically been in the 30% – 40% range (usually in the lower half of that range).

The first preference vote share for Labor and other centre/left candidates (Democrats and Greens) has typically been in the 50% – 60% range.

Over the years, swings/movements in votes for both major parties seem to have had somewhat more to do with national swings than with the perceived positioning of lead candidates.

All of this is probably just another way of saying that the ACT is essentially a “drover’s dog” electorate, and that candidates don’t really make much difference to voting outcomes here – entertaining as it might be to think what might happen if a moderately stellar candidate, or even just a not from Central Casting candidate, happened to wander into the field.

Anthony Briscoe Anthony Briscoe 5:02 pm 24 Nov 20

Will the Liberals ever learn. Time to leave the Territory I feel

ssek ssek 10:41 am 24 Nov 20

Look at all the sanctimonious Labor voters on here who aren’t bright enough to separate Federal politics from local. The absolute lack of self awareness with comments about “terrible candidates” is astounding and hilarious.

    JC JC 6:02 pm 25 Nov 20

    I think those sanctimonious labor voters are bright enough to seperate federal and “state” politics.

    However they are also smart enough to realise that candidates for both are put forward by, and selected by the same branch of the liberal party. And that my friend is where the issue lay. Not with sanctimonious labor voters.

    Jordania Jordania 5:12 pm 26 Nov 20

    Sanctimony has nothing to do with objections to Mr Seselja. Indeed, if there is any sanctimony around it is his. His ultra-conservative views and beliefs do not in any way reflect the views and beliefs of the majority of Canberrans.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 6:24 pm 27 Nov 20

    Name me two of his “ultra-conservative” views and beliefs?

Capital Retro Capital Retro 9:48 am 24 Nov 20

All the haters are out in force this morning.

    JC JC 4:33 pm 27 Nov 20

    Not that I care who the liberal senate candidate is I can see why many are so annoyed.

    The way in which old Zed was originally selected and ousted Gary Humphries was a bit on the dodgy side and the process this time is certainly not normal either.

    The early and rushed process was done to guarantee Zed preselection.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:51 pm 27 Nov 20

    And he is still standing. Great outcome.

    chewy14 chewy14 7:58 am 28 Nov 20

    C’mon, you know none of that has the slightest to do with why these commenters hate Zed.

    It’s pure ideology driving these comments. None of these people would ever vote for the Liberal party no matter who was standing for them.

Jorge Gatica Jorge Gatica 7:20 am 24 Nov 20

The tolerant left are outraged!!

GZD GZD 2:01 am 24 Nov 20

Such a shame. Sam would have been a breath of fresh air. Instead we’re stuck with the stink of the same conservative hack job Liberal politics the current crop live & breathe.

Roger Mungummary Roger Mungummary 9:47 pm 23 Nov 20

Or as I call him the Amazing Vanishing Zed who only appears at elections! He who has never voted against the party ticket regardless if how prejudiced they are against his constituents. Nope he loves kissing his bosses butt every time

Chris Goodrum Chris Goodrum 7:09 pm 23 Nov 20

So Sad ! Keep on voting for him Please! I like Labour in power! My opinion.

Charles Godworth Charles Godworth 5:32 pm 23 Nov 20

It was simply he was up against a poor alternate candidate. Still 25% voted against him. I'm sure there are others within the party with more real world experience and business acumen who are just biding their time to take him down.

    Oliver Raymond Oliver Raymond 11:15 pm 25 Nov 20

    Charles Godworth It was another Seselja ambush. There was no need for the urgency. Not enough time to find a strong alternative.

Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 5:19 pm 23 Nov 20

Zeds dead baby. Zeds dead

Rob Parker Rob Parker 5:03 pm 23 Nov 20

Bugger...a so called representative that votes for himself, not his constituents, if he doesnt abstain

Ali James Ali James 4:46 pm 23 Nov 20

He's a total douche bag

Oliver Raymond Oliver Raymond 3:10 pm 23 Nov 20

So much for the hype about a shift to the moderates in this lot.

    Judi Crane Judi Crane 3:48 pm 23 Nov 20

    Oliver Raymond What a joke; thou whoreson zed, thou unnecessary letter.

    Oliver Raymond Oliver Raymond 2:09 pm 24 Nov 20

    On a scale of A to Z, guess where Zed comes?

Jay Annabel Jay Annabel 3:07 pm 23 Nov 20

Meeting held in phone booth, more to come

Keran Niquet Keran Niquet 2:33 pm 23 Nov 20

So once again the ACT branch of the Liberal party, shoots itself in the foot!

Charmaine Murfet Charmaine Murfet 2:26 pm 23 Nov 20

Clearly Canberra Liberals didn’t get the message from the recent election. Slow learners

Anita van Bijsterveld Anita van Bijsterveld 1:58 pm 23 Nov 20

An ultraconservative religious Liberal cannot possibly represent the people of the ACT well.

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