We pause in our tour of teeny tiny parties to take a brief peek at the ALP. As with the Coalition, I will not be reviewing the ALP’s policies here, because most people are already either aware of these policies or able to find out about them from other, better-informed sources. Besides, the purpose of this project is to help people figure out which party is which – I think, on the whole, most people know which one the ALP is.
(Hint: they are currently most of the government)
But I will, of course, have a quick look at their preferences, as these are often illuminating, and if there’s going to be a repeat of the Family First debacle from 2004. Good Lord, that’s ten years ago. Have I really been doing this for ten years?
The ALP’s Group Voting Ticket in Victoria actually preferences the Greens first of all (take that, Coalition). And in all honesty, I think that’s a good move – the Greens are closer to Labor than either party would like to think, and I think the ALP membership are generally to the left of the leadership, and would approve of this preferencing.
The ALP then sends any remaining bits of votes to the Sex Party, the Democrats, the Socialist Equality Party and the Pirate Party. In fact, it’s all the little lefty parties, then the saner libertarian parties, and then the more dodgy right wing ones. Family First turns up at 73,-75, followed directly by the Liberals and the Nationals. The very bottom of the ticket is reserved for Independent Darrell Morrison – can’t wait to find out what he’s done to earn this – and to the grouped independents Nicholls, Nicholls and Webb. Directly above these we have One Nation, Rise Up Australia, and the other ungrouped Independent, Lyn Gunter. The Climate Sceptics are at 87-88 and, fascinatingly, the Secular Party are at 85-86, making them the only left-wing party who isn’t near the top of the ballot. An attempt to distance themselves from the famously atheist Gillard, perhaps?
I actually quite like this ticket, and may well end up using parts of it as a template for my own ticket, when I get to creating one at Below The Line. There seems to be a good sense of which parties are the scariest preserved in their rankings, and I like that in a Senate ticket.