Topic archives: preferences

Preferences dominate Parliament on who dealt with Hanson and how

February 13, 2017 6

The government's shaky argument in defence of the WA Liberals' preference deal with Pauline Hanson in question time today didn't last too long.

Dummy spit over Greens’ bizarre council preference deals

October 21, 2016 2

Greens candidates for Darebin Council are directing voters to preference other Greens higher than themselves, writes Crikey intern Rachel Robertson. And an independent candidate says that's not on.

Deal with the devil: preferences take realpolitik, not heart

June 21, 2016 10

Fred Nile's Christian Democratic Party has done very well out of preference deals. As has Derryn Hinch.

Who’s afraid of the big, bad Greens?

June 16, 2016 8

Labor and the Coalition are both running scare campaigns over the Greens bogeyman. But there's a way for the progressive parties to get along instead.

Why it might be in the Liberals’ interest to preference the Greens

May 13, 2016 9

Preference deals serve many agendas.

That’s not a DM, Mitchell

That’s not a DM, Mitchell

May 10, 2016

Whoopsies, Labor MP Rob Mitchell tweets his preference discussions to the world.

What a letdown

April 20, 2016

On the upcoming election Kim Lockwood writes: Re. “Turnbull kicks off campaign fighting fires” (yesterday). When Abbott was rolled I had high hopes for the country. They’ve been dashed. We still have the same stomach-churning soap opera of self-interest. On preference deals Stuart Johnson writes: Re. “Strange bedfellows: what a Liberal-Greens preference deal says about both” (yesterday). […]

Strange bedfellows: what a Liberal-Greens preference deal says about both

April 19, 2016 19

Party posturing over preference deals is much more often about ideology than tactics.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

March 11, 2016 6

Has the Greens-Lib preference deal been done? ... filthy, filthy chipmunks ... Bruce Billson enthusiastic (as usual) ...

Labor fears Greens-Liberal preference stitch-up

March 9, 2016 23

Are the Libs going to preference the Greens over Labor?

Would the Senate reform spell the end of micro-parties?

February 23, 2016 13

Is this the end for micro-parties, preference harvesters and tablecloth ballots?

NSW Greens-Labor marriage of convenience sours

NSW Greens-Labor marriage of convenience sours

March 25, 2015 25

When will the Greens be able to stand on their own instead of reflexively preferencing Labor?

Poll Bludger: Luke could luck out, but NSW likely to grin and Baird it

Poll Bludger: Luke could luck out, but NSW likely to grin and Baird it

March 5, 2015 3

Labor's recent surprise victory in Queensland was due, in large part, to the optional preferential voting system. NSW has the same system, but whether Opposition Leader Luke Foley can match Palaszczuk's feat remains to be seen.

Poll Bludger: what happens when the ‘wrong’ candidate wins

Poll Bludger: what happens when the ‘wrong’ candidate wins

December 17, 2014 16

A complicated loophole in vote-counting legislation has awarded a seat to Labor that should have gone to the Country Alliance in Victoria.

Poll Bludger: is Victoria in for a new crop of Lambies and Muirs?

Poll Bludger: is Victoria in for a new crop of Lambies and Muirs?

November 26, 2014 13

Micro-parties could well be in for some seats in Victoria's upper house, with the Shooters and Fishers and the Country Alliance contenders to get over the line.

Cyclists wheel out a good preference deal, but Country Alliance left hanging

Cyclists wheel out a good preference deal, but Country Alliance left hanging

November 17, 2014 2

The how-to-vote cards are out, and while the Cyclists Party has done well, the Australian Country Alliance has been left flapping in the breeze. Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

Shifting alliances and bitter distrust as Vic preference deals go down to the wire

Shifting alliances and bitter distrust as Vic preference deals go down to the wire

November 14, 2014 9

Will the Sex Party preference the Greens? Do the Cyclists like the Rock'n'Roll party? Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss investigates the complicated web of preference deals.

Labor and the Greens play Deal or No Deal in Victoria

Labor and the Greens play Deal or No Deal in Victoria

November 10, 2014 5

Labor and the Greens are so hellbent on destroying each other that neither is keeping an eye on who the real enemy is, writes Daniel Scoullar, communications consultant and member of the Victorian Greens’ state council.

Victorian fringe candidates fight for their right to micro-paaaaaaarty

Victorian fringe candidates fight for their right to micro-paaaaaaarty

October 23, 2014 5

The 2013 federal election had some very strange results, with micro-parties benefiting from byzantine preference deals. Crikey's Victorian election reporter Dan Moss asks: is Victoria in for motoring enthusiasts and smart meter haters?

WA Senate vote: minor parties eye preference deals — again

WA Senate vote: minor parties eye preference deals — again

March 6, 2014 4

The minor parties will again play a key roll in the recall election in Western Australia. The wheeling and dealing could have a big impact on who ends up in the Senate come July.