Yesterday the Australia Electoral Commission published group voting tickets (GVT) for this year’s Senate election, indicating where parties have decided their preferences should flow. Pirate Party Australia is proud to announce that it has successfully completed this important stage of the election process.
In keeping with the Pirate Party’s committment to transparency and participatory democracy, this election the Pirate Party pioneered a form of preferencing unprecedented in Australian politics.
“Our approach had three phases. First, all parties were invited to provide our members with a message explaining why we should preference them. These were published publicly. Second, all members were asked to rank the parties according to how they should be preferenced. Finally, our members were asked whether any deals offered by other parties were acceptable,” said Simon Frew, President of Pirate Party Australia. “This made our preferences entirely democratic and transparent. Pirate Party Australia stands in a class of its own in this regard.”
In NSW, the Party’s preferences will go to the Greens, followed by the WikiLeaks Party and the Australian Democrats. The Greens and WikiLeaks Party reciprocated these placements.
In Queensland, preferences will go to the Australian Democrats, followed by the Greens and Secular Party. The Greens reciprocated this placement.
In Tasmania, preferences will go the Greens, followed by the Sex Party and Senator Online. The Greens and Sex Party reciprocated this placement.
In Victoria, preferences will go to the Australian Democrats, followed by the WikiLeaks Party and the Greens. The WikiLeaks Party and the Greens reciprocated this.
Complete group voting tickets can be accessed from the Australian Electoral Commission’s website, at http://www.aec.gov.au/election/downloads.htm. Following the release of the GVTs, Pirate Party Australia was trending highly on Twitter in Australia.
The Party will be running two Senate candidates in each of the above states. Details of the Party’s candidates can be found at: http://pirateparty.org.au/candidates