Senate voting rule changes are confusing

May 15, 2019

Australians are puzzled by Senate voting this election, due largely to the mass media's trivialisation of the Senate into a reality television show.

The new Senate voting system changed from a 'just vote 1' above the line approach to 'vote 1 to 6' (Below the line voting has also changed, but most will vote above the line).

Micro parties can no longer win on less than 1 per cent of primary vote - preference 'whispering' is gone.

However, people still ask 'where are your preferences going?' Senate preferences only go where you, the voter, write them on your ballot paper - parties can not send them somewhere else.

Votes on the white Senate ballot paper do not decide who forms government - only who holds government to account.

The Senate's structure - with equal representation for states - allows you to safely vote for someone who will apply your values to government legislation and stand up for South Australia.

That’s why it’s imperative that you vote “1” for your Australian Conservatives Senate candidate, so that we can hold whomever forms government to account.

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