Aug 22, 2013

Revealed: the libertarian Right’s micro-party links

Are right-wing micro-parties merely dummies to funnel votes to each other? Crikey catches them out breaching electoral laws. Now the AEC is investigating.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

A swag of right-wing micro-parties running Senate and House of Representatives candidates at the forthcoming federal election have been exposed as being controlled by the same cabal of fringe-dwelling acolytes. The Australian Electoral Commission's official party registration page reveals that scorched-earth political operator David Leyonhjelm is the registered officer for both the Outdoor Recreation Party (Stop the Greens) and the Liberal Democratic Party ...

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14 thoughts on “Revealed: the libertarian Right’s micro-party links

  1. Alan

    Another name to investigate is Glenn Druery.

  2. beachcomber

    It’s widespread, at least in Queensland with 8 Right wing candidates running in may seats.
    Clive Palmer’s PUP candidates are sending their preferences to Coalition candidates around Australia, despite Palmer loudly complaining how undemocratic the LNP is, and how dishonourable the Hon Mal Brough is.
    Call me cynical, but it looks as if Palmer is offering up PUP candidates for a protest vote, then directing them back to the Coalition.
    The fact that his massive coal mine was recently approved by the LNP in Queensland is entirely coincidental, I am sure.
    Just as Tony Abbott’s promise to abolish the Mining Super Profits Tax is completely coincidental,and would not interest Clive one iota.
    And just as Tony Abbott’s promise to scrap measures to reduce Carbon Emissions, which could impact on the profitably of people who sell coal, is completely coincidental.

  3. Russell

    Its funny how when conservative groups act as vote funnels, its always a conspiracy… When left parties do it, its either unremarked or just signs of a “robust democracy.’

    What about The Bullet Train for Australia? Who are they, why do they exist other than to direct votes (of train buffs?) to the Greens? Personally, I do like trains, and would love to see a bullet train thundering overhead through Marrickville at 320kph. It would give the Greens candidate in Grayndler something else to oppose.

  4. Stuart Johnson

    Have you actually looked at the Bullet Train For Australia preferences? In NSW they preference the likes of Australia First, Family First, No Carbon Tax, Shooters & Fishers, LDP, CDP, Katter’s Party, Palmers’s Party and a bunch of others before the Greens. If they exist to funnel preferences to the Greens they’re doing a pretty bad job at it.

  5. tim bohm

    Hey Russell, Bullet Train for Australia is asking all supporters to vote for a Bullet Train then as they normally would. With 18 candidates in VIC, NSW and the ACT in both the senate and house of reps voters will be able to do exactly that. A train needs a left and a right track to stay on the tracks and that’s exactly how the party is aligned, straight down the middle.

    Tim Böhm
    President of the Bullet Train for Australia Party

  6. Sancho

    Australia has no libertarians. Only Tories who like cannabis.

  7. AR

    What, if any, penalty or sanction is there for not lodging Preference diversion lists? Sounds like an excellent idea to me.

  8. simon hunt

    Great start, but you need to complete this investigation : you’re missing the connections of these four parties with Glenn Druery, One Nation, Wikileaks and the Sex Party.
    Glenn Druery was retained by One Nation a few months ago to set up pref deals, he’s the founder of the Outdoor Recreation Party, and a former LDP candidate.
    Look at the senate tickets of these four parties in your article : they preference each other, then after they’re all exhausted, their votes pass onto (in this order) : One Nation (10-12), the Australian Sex Party (13-14), and then Wikileaks (15-16).

    One Nation was the fifth party who missed the ticket lodgement in Victoria (alongside the four parties in your article) – Victoria was a team effort with One Nation.
    Although Wikileaks seem to have reneged on pref arrangements with the One Nation funsters (probably because they’re so disorganised, as recent days have demonstrated), it seems that the Australian Sex Party have paid off the deal by placing One Nation in the top third of their ticket (most importantly, above the Greens on NSW : thus making a NSW vote for the Sex Party into a One Nation vote, given that the last seat in the NSW state election was a Greens-Hanson-Liberal runoff).

  9. Russell

    Apologies if I got the Bullet Train party’s preferences wrong… I am able to vote in the lower house for a Bullet Train candidate in my electorate of Grayndler. I checked The Poll Bludgers’ “Senate Ticket Unravelled” to try and work out where they were coming from, and saw that in NSW their order was (after other parties), Greens, Labor, Coalition…

    In Lab vs Green Grayndler, only the order of the major parties matter. The senate is complicated, granted, but I will consciously avoid any chance that my vote ends up going to the Greens. I WILL vote for the Bullet Train, but I will NOT preference the party that will oppose it.

    Sadly, the Greens have form. In Sydney my local Greens MP and Council campaigned AGAINST a fast metro rail system – because several property owners were affected by the route. They will do so again. Watch.

  10. Sean Cook

    I’m on a different pathhere to say that you wrong with the domain as it wasn’t bought in January 2012 it was last modified meaning it could be renewed or some important details have been made in January.

    For example look at crikey.com.au through the same whois website and it clearly shows that the crikey domain been modified 20-May-2013.

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