The use of party volunteers to hand out ‘how-to-vote’ material outside polling booths during Federal elections would be banned under new legislation being proposed by The Greens.
The use of party volunteers to hand out ‘how-to-vote’ material outside polling booths during Federal elections would be banned under new legislation being proposed by The Greens.

No preferences deal by Greens

VOTERS in Federal elections would no longer have to ‘run the gauntlet’ of party volunteers handing out how-to-vote material under legislation The Greens say they intend to introduce to the Parliament.

Richmond Greens candidate Giovanni Ebono said the legislation, which Senator Sarah Hanson Young wants to introduce into the new Parliament, would also introduce optional preferential voting, meaning voters would no longer have to pass votes to a candidate they did not like.

Meanwhile, The Greens have decided against allocating preferences in Richmond. Branch members in Page are also telling voters to decide for themselves where to allocate their preferences. But they have released a preferences list, which puts Labor’s Janelle Saffin in second place for Greens voters in search of guidance.

Nationals Richmond candidate Alan Hunter and the seat’s Liberal candidate Joan van Lieshout have both done a straight swap, each placing the other at number two on their recommendation to voters and Labor’s Justine Elliot last.

In Page, Nationals candidate Kevin Hogan is suggesting a type of donkey vote, numbering him as 1, then down the ballot paper to Doug Behn before starting again at the top to finish off with The Greens’ Jeff Johnson and Labor’s Janelle Saffin.

Ms Saffin is following a similar process, but in reverse. She would like her supporters to start with her and work their way up, putting Mr Johnson second before going to Mr Behn at the bottom of the ballot paper and working their way up to Mr Hogan.

The two local Democrats candidates – Julia Melland in Page andDavid Robinson in Richmond – want voters to decide for themselves, but have chosen different ways to do it. Mr Robinson has opted against any how-to-vote material, saying voters can decide for themselves.

Ms Melland has opted on a split ticket which direct voters through The Greens and the independents, before dividing between Ms Saffin and Mr Hogan, depending on who the individual voters want as their next MP.

Independents in both seats appear to be banding together on preferences, saying they want their supporters to preference other independents before going on to the major or minor parties. Richmond Labor MP Justine Elliot is asking her supporters to put her at 1, followed by Mr Hartley, Mr Robinson, Mr Faulkner, Ms Boyd, Mr Ebono and Mr Hegedus, with Mr Hunter coming in second last and Ms van Lieshout last.

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