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npres@prsa.org.au 2019-05-18

 

Click on the 2016 Greens how-to-vote card below for a zoomable picture of it, for finer detail.

The card below, which the Greens handed out near a Melbourne polling booth, names no candidates for election as senators for Victoria. It pictures the Greens' leader, Senator Richard Di Natale, but does not indicate that he is a Senate candidate for Victoria this time. As the Constitution requires the direct election of senators, it is strange that the Greens did not tell voters in Melbourne the names of its Senate candidates.

The Greens' 2016 how-to-vote cards gives the impression that its Senate candidates are not worth naming. Unlike the Greens' better cards at the 2010 election, where at least the leading candidate was named, the card ignores - and thus potentially offends - intending below-the-line voters, who obviously consider that to be a better way to have their effect on the outcome.

No reason, or apology, is given for offending those voters, whose votes could have helped the Greens. The Greens won fewer Senate places in 2016 than they had held earlier.

 
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