Sep 8, 2013

A party for sport? And who are ‘motoring enthusiasts’? A wacky Senate result

The Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party? The Australian Sports Party? Preliminary Senate results throw up microparties you've probably never heard of.

Jason Whittaker — Former <em>Crikey</em> editor and publisher

Jason Whittaker

Former Crikey editor and publisher

“The Australian Sports Party is focused on helping Australians live a healthy well-balanced lifestyle through sport and recreation, which provides enjoyment and creates strong communities.”

It may well bring that focus to the Senate — the party’s secretary Wayne Dropulich, a former gridiron representative player, currently sits in fifth position in counting for Western Australia’s upper house representation, according to an ABC vote count (the top six get over the line in each state).

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16 thoughts on “A party for sport? And who are ‘motoring enthusiasts’? A wacky Senate result

  1. troy anderson

    The Liberal Democrats in NSW clearly benefited from their close name association with the better know ‘Liberal’ brand and their first position on the ballot paper. Their vote of 8% is completely disproportionate to their public profile. I worked for the AEC on polling day and two people came back to me to ask for new senate ballot papers because they had mistakingly voted for the Liberal Democrats instead of the ‘Liberal / National’ ticket. If Arthur Sinodinus misses out on re-election he can blame this dubious group. Their website was operating Saturday and they seemed to be like an Australian version of the Republican Party.

  2. Dangle Boris

    The website of the Australian Liberal Democrats can still be viewed via the Internet Archive:
    Wikipedia is also informative; they appear to be libertarians.
    Bring on electronic voting – it might put an end to these strange quirks of printed ballots and donkey votes.

  3. AR

    Surely the likelihood is that plethora of micro parties was a tory plot to harvest the votes of those so disgusted by the majors that they couldn’t bear to vote for them?
    Bet London to a brick that not a single below the line voter gave ANY of them their first preference.
    But, that’s the price of democracy, morons have a say.

  4. Jonno Downes

    Interesting that the Wikileaks GVT in WA put the Sports Party in second spot. So the whole “WLP preferences going to nats not greens” turned out to be a false alarm?!!


  5. Andybob

    True motoring enthusiasts would put more money into public transport so there were fewer people on the roads. Then they might actually enjoy driving.

  6. beachcomber

    The Senate is meant to be the States’ House to review Federal laws. Not unrepresentative swill. Sadly the swill has become far less representative since described in those terms 20 years ago. There’s something deranged about a system that elects a Senator for 6 years with 1100 votes.

  7. brodsta

    The minor parties all engaged in bizarre preference swaps. The Australian Sports Party only got ~0.22% of the primary senate vote in WA yet has a chance of securing a seat, bonkers.

  8. klewso

    Another “Sloppy” Fielding display too?

  9. Serenatopia

    @joel—I am liking the sound of Ricky Muir lol—The party’s objectives appear philosophical ie government for the people not for corporate interests! I am looking forward to what is bound to be more interesting debates at question time! Not that these elected bureaucrats will have a shred of influence on policy making! But it will further serve the illusion of democracy! Entertaining theatre!

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