||Labor has put the Greens either second or third on all of their how to vote cards. Hinch gets second billing in VIC, and independent Craig Garland gets second billing in TAS. Animal Justice is in third place everywhere except the ACT and the NT, where they aren’t running, and in WA, where they are third, behind the Western Australian Party. Amusingly, HEMP appears in their top six in four states. The Democrats show up in fifth place in Victoria and SA, and the LDP make it into the top five in WA and SA. There are guest appearances from Sustainable Australia, Katter’s Australian Party (!!), the Secular Party, The Women’s Party, ICAN, the Centre Alliance and the Lambie Network.
In the states with smaller Senate papers, the UAP and the Liberals or Nationals are turning up at the end of the six, allowing them to avoid preferencing Fraser Anning in the ACT, and Rise Up Australia, Fraser Anning and the CEC in NT. In WA, the Nationals are evidently considered a better choice than either the right wing nut jobs or the more anarchical left wing parties like the Pirates or the Socialists.
These strike me as pretty solid, respectable how to vote cards. Evidently at the senate level, at least, Labor has decided that the true enemy is the extreme right, not the Greens. Long may this last. They clearly don’t adore the extreme left, though it’s interesting to see that the AJP is apparently now considered somewhat respectable, and I’m still highly amused at HEMP’s presence on their how to vote cards. There is no real excuse for Katter, but what can you do?