Below you can find our preference list along with a short explanation of our choices.
- Future Party
- Building Australia Party
- Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP)
- Secular Party
- Bullet Train for Australia
- Australian Independents Party
- Senator Online
- Stop CSG
- Drug Law Reform Party
- Sex Party
- Animal Justice Party
- Wang, Tom (unaffiliated group AG)
- Carers Alliance
- Australian Democrats
- Voluntary Euthanasia Party
- The Greens
- Liberal Democrats (LDP)
- Pirate Party*
- Labor **
- Liberal/Nationals **
- Palmer United Party
- Socialist Alliance
- Socialist Equality
- Shooters and Fishers
- Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party
- Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party
- Australian Republicans
- Smokers Rights Party
- Stable Population Party
- Non-custodial Parents Party
- Katter’s Australia Party
- Democratic Labor Party
- Family First
- Uniting Australia Party
- Stop the Greens
- No Carbon Tax / Climate Skeptics
- Australian Protectionist Party
- Whelan, Andrew (unaffiliated group F) ***
- Ungrouped candidates***
- Australian Voice Party
- Christian Democrat Party (Fred Nile Group)
- One Nation
- Rise Up Australia
- Australia First
The group ticket was determined on the basis of three criteria:
- Policy and values overlap
- Negotiated preference deals.
- A bias toward smaller parties over large parties
To see every party’s official preferences for the NSW Senate seat, click here.
Notes on some of the specific choices within this list:
* The Pirate Party told us they would not be doing preference deals and were instead having a vote of the membership to determine the group ticket, which they would publish on their website. This was certainly a decision we could respect as the Group Ticketing system is fundamentally flawed and undemocratic, with a high degree of incentive toward tactical voting and backroom deals. Accordingly at their request we wrote an open letter to their membership pointing out the high degree of policy overlap we had and offering to unilaterally preference them as least as high as they voted to preference us. However as the end of the draw on Friday, less than 24 hours before close of group ticket lodgements, they had not apparently had a vote, or decided on a preference list by other means. Hence we ultimately preferenced them lower than we had originally intended.
** The choice of how to preference the major parties was not a light one. Unfortunately under Abbott’s leadership the small l liberal aspect of the Coalition has been strongly de-emphasised and conservatism has become front and centre. Furthermore the Coalition’s primary message now almost entirely concerns managerial competence and not policy ambition, which may be a legitimate case to make regarding the house of representatives but has no role in the Senate. Their economics have been almost entirely populist rather than liberal, and of course exploiting xenophobia against asylum seekers for electoral gain is antithetical to Future Party values. On many major issues where the Coalition does have stated policy, it stands in direct opposition to our own, for instance, carbon pricing and the NBN. We also had to consider the likelihood of a Coalition victory in the lower house and the advantages of a Senate acting as a counterbalance to the government of the day.
*** Our basic methodology in distributing preferences beyond groups we had deals with was to first split the parties into “tiers” and then rank them within those tiers. In the case of both the unendorsed and ungrouped candidates we had no way of evaluating what they stood for and thus erred on the side of caution, ranking them behind all other tiers bar the last one. The exception was the “AG” column unendorsed group, headed by Tom Wang. We spoke to a representative of theirs in person at the ballot draw and therefore were able to form a (favourable) view on their policy platform.
We ranked individual candidates from each party in the order printed on the ticket (top down); for the ungrouped candidates we ranked them bottom up, on an ‘anti-donkey’ vote principle.
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