Initial Preference Ballot for 2016 Federal Election concluded

Pirate Party Australia has completed its initial member ballot for our preference orders for the 2016 federal election.

These results will inform the parties and voting order we suggest on our How to Vote materials and will influence any possible deals made with other parties.

In keeping with the Pirate Party’s commitment to transparency and participatory democracy, last election the Party pioneered a form of preferencing unprecedented in Australian politics. We have continued to use that process for subsequent elections and this election.

We sent all full members of the party an electronic ballot in which they could rank all registered parties* in order of how they should be preferenced. The ballot allowed for equal rankings and to leave parties with no vote to rank them equal last.

Should any party offer us deals that result in changing this order we are able to run subsequent ballots state by state to approve any such deals.

A final decision on how many parties we list on our How to Vote materials will be made soon.

The resulting order of party preferences are as follows:


  1. Pirate Party Australia
  2. Australian Greens
  3. Australian Sex Party
  4. Science Party
  5. Australian Labor Party (ALP)
  6. Renewable Energy Party
  7. Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party
  8. Secular Party of Australia
  9. Nick Xenophon Team
  10. Drug Law Reform Party
  11. Voluntary Euthanasia Party
  12. Australian Progressives
  13. Online Direct Democracy – (Empowering the People!)
  14. The Arts Party
  15. VOTEFLUX.ORG | Upgrade Democracy!
  16. Australian Equality Party (Marriage)
  17. Bullet Train For Australia
  18. The Australian Mental Health Party
  19. Socialist Alliance
  20. Animal Justice Party
  21. #Sustainable Australia
  22. Australian Cyclists Party
  23. Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party
  24. Socialist Equality Party
  25. Glenn Lazarus Team
  26. 21st Century Australia
  27. Health Australia Party
  28. Consumer Rights & No-Tolls
  29. Australian Defence Veterans Party
  30. Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting)
  31. Australian Country Party
  32. Liberal Democratic Party
  33. Mature Australia Party
  34. Seniors United Party of Australia
  35. Liberal Party of Australia
  36. Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party
  37. Jacqui Lambie Network
  38. Australian Antipaedophile Party
  39. Citizens Electoral Council of Australia
  40. Smokers Rights Party
  41. CountryMinded
  42. Australian Recreational Fishers Party
  43. Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
  44. Katter’s Australian Party
  45. Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party
  46. Palmer United Party
  47. John Madigan’s Manufacturing and Farming Party
  48. Rise Up Australia Party
  49. Outdoor Recreation Party (Stop The Greens)
  50. Australian Liberty Alliance
  51. Country Liberals (Northern Territory)
  52. National Party of Australia
  53. Pauline Hanson’s One Nation
  54. Australia First Party (NSW) Incorporated
  55. Australian Christians
  56. Family First Party
  57. Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

The ballot results file in .json format can be found here.

Previous results and a ballots are as follows:

* Note: We used the all registered parties list from the AEC to determine preference order for all parties because nominations had not yet closed, so it was unclear who was running where. And also because the House of Reps seat of Bennelong will require us to determine an order placing between parties that normally would not rate highly enough to get anywhere on a 1-6 Senate How to Vote. This is why the list includes all parties.

2 thoughts on “Initial Preference Ballot for 2016 Federal Election concluded

  1. I voted 1 Pirate Party for the Senate in the last Federal Election after carefully reading the policies of all Senate candidates (I hadn’t heard of the Pirate Party previously). I especially like the policies of tax reform, recognition of First Peoples in the Australian Constitution, forward planning for digital disruption, education policy, humane treatment of refugees, transparency in Government, more say for citizens in Government (referenda), protection of the environment and re-thinking laws on euthanasia and illegal drugs. The freedom of speech is a grey area – in principle I agree with free speech, but abuse of this freedom can bring down civilised society. Copyright is also a grey area – we need to value intellectual property like physical property in order to promote investment in this area. I think that poor protection of intellectual property is one reason for the heavy investment in residential housing, banks, mines, etc in Australia relative to investment in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts.

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