Western Australians are going back to the polls on April 5 to pick their six state senators again, after the Australian Electoral Commission lost 1370 ballot papers during a recount. Given the last election was decided purely on preferences, we decided to have a look at one party’s group voting ticket if you decide to vote “above the line” – the Wikileaks Party.
Why choose them? If you remember last year’s federal election, the Wikileaks Party imploded after controversial decisions in their Senate preferences – where they decided to preference far-right groups ahead of The Greens in NSW, and The Nationals ahead of Scott Ludlam in Western Australia.
As well, the Wikileaks Party have managed to get the number one position on the Senate ballot paper – which almost guarantees the party getting more votes in this election because of people deciding to donkey vote.
So, where will my vote go if I put 1 on the Wikileaks Party?
Like usual, the Wikileaks Party have preferenced many smaller parties before the major parties or those that don’t fit in with its ideology. However, because they’ll most likely be eliminated before the Wikileaks Party – again, due to its donkey vote status – the major parties will likely benefit.
Senator Scott Ludlam for the Greens will benefit the most from the Wikileaks Party’s votes – he is the party’s next preference. If Ludlam does get eliminated, then the next likely person to receive the Wikileaks Party’s votes will be Labor’s Louise Pratt as she was preferenced ahead of her party’s number-one choice.
The full list is below:
|3||AA||Ludlam, S (Greens WA)|
|4||T||Moylan, S (HEMP Party)|
|5||AE||Pattern, F (Sex Party)|
|8-9||I||Voluntary Euthanasia Party|
|10||F||Pratt, L (Australian Labor Party)|
|11||AF||Bainbridge, A (Socialist Alliance)|
|12||E||Boyd, F (Pirate Party)|
|13||Q||Dropulich, W (Australian Sports Party)|
|14||AA||Cunningham, C (Greens WA)|
|15||E||Allen, M (Pirate Party)|
|16||AF||Jenkins, C (Socialist Alliance)|
(in order: James, I; Steele-John, J; Nielsen-Harvey, S; Cullity, J)
|21-22||O||#Sustainable Population Party|
|23||T||Moylan, T (HEMP Party)|
|24||AE||Coleman, M (Sex Party)|
|25||Q||Lackovic, A (Australian Sports Party)|
|28-29||AB||DLP Democratic Labour|
|30-31||Y||Secular Party of Australia|
|32-34||F||Australian Labor Party
(in order: Bullock, J; Hill, S; Andric, K)
|35-36||AC||Katter’s Australian Party|
|37-38||U||Republican Party of Australia|
|39-41||P||Palmer United Party
(in order: Headland, D; Wang, Z; Terblanche, C)
|48-49||C||Woolf, R; James, V|
|50||UG||Mubarak, K (Independent)|
|55-56||K||Australian Voice Party|
|57-58||L||Building Australia Party|
|59-60||N||Family First Party|
|61-62||H||Freedom and Prosperity Party|
|63-64||G||Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party|
|67-68||W||Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party|
|71||UG||Van Lieshout, T (Independent)|
|72-73||AG||Outdoor Recreation Party (Stop The Greens)|
|74-75||S||Shooters and Fishers|
|76-77||Z||Rise Up Australia Party|
If you are unhappy with what the Wikileaks Party preferenced, then of course you can still vote “below the line”. Of course, this requires you to number all 77 candidates. If you’re planning to do that, we do have a handy guide to help you print your own “how-to vote” card. That way, all you need to do is transfer the numbers from your printed out sheet to the ballot paper.