This article is published with the kind permission of RiteOn. It will be closely followed by the other two parts.

AUSTRALIA’S PARLIAMENT & ELECTORAL SYSTEM

Voting is compulsory in Australia, so if you’re on the electoral roll, come election day you HAVE to cast a vote.   If you don’t, you’ll probably get fined without an acceptable valid reason.

Voting is a privilege that many across the world don’t enjoy, and a right that our forefathers fought and died protecting.  Rite ON encourages all Australians to participate in the electoral process of deciding who Governs us Federally for the following 3 years,

But if you’re going to do it, make sure do it right to reflect YOUR wishes.

Australia has a bicameral Parliament (that’s a fancy word for 2 houses of Parliament). The Upper House is called the Senate and the Lower House being the House of Representatives, with the Parliament’s powers established in Chapter I of the Constitution of Australia.

The upper house (Senate), is a house of review for proposed legislation formed in the lower house and can relate to matters of national defence, immigration, the economy and taxation. Having a responsible government is critical to your future, because politics affects everything in our daily lives; our jobs, wages, superannuation, taxes, house values, community safety, roads, schools, and hospitals, and the future for your kids.

In this coming 2019 federal election you will be voting for your federal member in your local division/electorate, and for your State or Territory senators. When you show up to your nearest polling station – democracy sausage sizzle in hand – you’ll be inundated by many parties & candidates’ booth workers coercing you to take their How To Vote Cards which support their party and/or candidate.  Choose wisely – it’s your future and your children’s future at stake.

The House of Representatives and the Senate each have a very different voting system to decide & elect the people’s choice.  There is a normally a green paper for the House of Representatives, and a big white one (daunting one) for the Senate.

Both houses are important to the successful running of the parliament. Your local federal member sits in the House of Reps & titled Member of House of Representatives (MHR), and your State Senators, in the Senate.

To decide who Governs Australia after an election, the party that commands the majority support on the floor of the House of Representatives approaches the Governor General (as the Queen’s representative in Australia) for assent to form Government for a term of 3 years. 

If the Governor General agrees, the 3 year term commences on the first Parliamentary sitting day of the new Government.

For example, in the 2016 Federal election, 150 members were elected to the House of Representatives from 150 divisions (electorates) across the nation.  

The Liberal & National Party coalition formed Government by holding a slim 1 seat majority of 76 seats on the floor of the House of Representatives.  

In the upcoming 2019 Federal election, and after an Australian Electoral Commission review of boundaries, there will be 151 members elected to the House of Representatives.

THE SENATE

The Senate comprises 76 Senators – 12 Senators per State plus 2 Senators per Territory.  In the 2016 election, all 76 Senators faced the voters.  

The first 6 Senators in each State obtaining a “quota” were elected for 6 year terms, the remainder for 3 year terms.  The 2 Senators elected in the ACT & Northern Territory are elected for 3 year terms only. 

In 2019, 40 Senators will face the voters – the six 3 year termers in each State & the two 3 year termers in each of the 2 Territories.  More on the Senate voting system in Part 3 of this Rite ON series.

For more details on Senator’s expiry dates copy the following link into your browser. https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Senators/Senators_by_service_expiry_date

With disillusionment of the 2 major parties, the vagaries of voting system and a host of new minor parties emerging, it is critical to understand the voting systems in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.   

Even those feeling disillusioned with politics & disengaged from the electoral system should still ensure that their VOTE IS COUNTED and that their VOTE COUNTS.

NO VOTING = NO COMPLAINING.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE IS COUNTED

To ensure that the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) counts your voting paper, it must comply with certain rules. 

Ballot papers that do not comply are set aside as INFORMAL and not counted.  The rules vary between the House of Representatives and the Senate, and are defined in section 268 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act.

It says, A vote is INFORMAL if:-

  • the ballot paper is not marked at all (i.e. nothing filled out/blank)
  • the ballot paper does not have the official mark and has not been initialled by the polling official, and the ballot paper is not authentic in the opinion of the Divisional Returning Officer (DRO)
    the ballot paper has writing on it which identifies the voter
  • in the case of an absent vote, the ballot paper is not contained in the declaration envelope
  • in the House of Representatives, the voter has not completed a full preferential vote (i.e. ALL boxes must be completed and contain a preference number that clearly identifies the voter’s intended order of preference)
  • in the Senate, if the voter has NOT filled at least six boxes above the line or at least 12 boxes below the line (more on this in part 2 & 3 of our Rite ON series)
  • there are savings measures to keep formal some ballot papers marked incompletely or incorrectly.

You have to number every single box in the green House of Reps ballot in order of your own personal preference.  

Do NOT leave any boxes blank, and don’t use ticks or crosses – just numbers.  The disillusioned may feel like this cartoon, but make sure your vote is counted.

So put a “1” in the box of the candidate you like best, and a “2” for second best and so on, until you’ve filled out all the boxes, just like this formal valid vote that would be counted into the tally by the AEC:-

In the 2016 House of Reps federal election, 5.05% of votes cast were INFORMAL.  Make sure your vote is counted, and does not unintentionally fall into this category by a misunderstanding of the voting system.

HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS

The voting system in the House of Reps is a 2 candidate preferred system where first preference votes (number 1) are counted, then a process of the candidate with the lowest vote excluded after each count, and the excluded candidate’s preference votes (numbers 2 onwards) distributed until only 2 candidates remain. 

Then, the candidate with greater than 50% of the 2 candidate preferred votes is elected.

Number the boxes in order of your choice of candidates (best first,  worst last), until you’ve filled out all the boxes with a number of YOUR choice, not necessarily the candidate’s How To Vote Card.  

REMEMBER – you own your preferences NOT the candidate or the party so choose wisely.  Your ballot paper should reflect YOUR wishes.

A failure to think seriously about your order of preference (including a donkey vote) could help elect a candidate you did NOT prefer.

By simply numbering each box the boxes in numerical order from the top is called the “DONKEY VOTE”.  It counts in the overall tally, but could have unintended consequences in electing a candidate NOT of your choice through first preference and/or preference distributions.

To highlight the importance of preference votes see the table below.

In the 2016 Federal election, 102 of the 150 seats were decided by preference votes (i.e. 68%).  Only 48 seats were decided on first preference votes only (i.e.32%).

Interestingly though, 53.19% of seats in NSW and 43.24% in Victoria were decided by firstpreference votes – both well above the national 32% average and significantly above the Queensland average of 13.33%.

Queenslanders & other States – cast your preference votes with deep consideration.  Learn more in Part 2 of this Rite ON series.

It is also interesting to note that 29 out of 76 (42.11%) of the Liberal & National seats nationally were won on first preferences, while only 16 out of 69 (23.19%) of Labor seats nationally were won on first preferences.  Such is the power of your preference vote order on the ballot paper in determining who is elected.

Labor won 76.81% of it’s seats relying on preferences.  On the flip side of the political equation, Liberal/National coalition only 57.89% of it’s seats relied on preferences.

Copy the following links into your browser to view the AEC list of seats that fell into these categories:-

https://results.aec.gov.au/20499/Website/HouseSeatsDecidedOnPrefs-20499.htm

More on the impacts of preference votes from the 2016 Election…. 

Compare the 2 major parties outcomes in seats where they led on primary votes:-

  • ALP led on primary votes in 53 seats, but 37 out of the 53 needed preferences to decide the result. Labor won ALL 37 (100%).  16 were won on primary votes alone.
  • L/NP led on primary votes in 90 seats, but 58 out of the 90 needed preferences to decide the result. L/NP only won 44 of the 58 (75.8%).  32 were won on primary votes alone.

Even more compelling is comparing the 2 major parties outcomes in seats where they were behind on primary votes:-

  • ALP were behind on primary votes in 97 seats and won 16 (16.5%) after preferences.
  • L/NP were behind on primary votes in 60 seats and won NIL (0%) after preferences.

This highlights the extent to which preference votes determined the final outcome in Australia’s 2 Candidate Preferred (2CP) voting system.  Labor is ahead by the proverbial mile in its solidarity & preferencing tightness with those parties on the “left” side of politics (e.g. Greens), when compared to the Liberal/National & those parties on the “right” side of politics (e.g. One Nation, FFP, ALA, LDP, RUAP, AC, KAP, SFF).

WHILE THE LEFT STICK TOGETHER DESPITE THEIR DIFFERENCES, THE RIGHT FRACTURES & FIGHTS DESPITE THEIR SIMILARITIES.

Part 2 in the Rite ON series will examine the detail of how preferences flow and determine results in the House of Representatives.
Part 3 will examine the Senate voting system and the detail of how preferences flow for “above the line” and “below the line” votes & elect Senators.



We will be running Part 2 and Part 3 shortly. Watch this space.

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I get the feeling that Sarah 2 x Dad is in Australian. when posing for this pic. Not in an Islamic country where she would be put in clinky.

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[…] In Part 1 I explained how to make sure that your ballot paper is completed in accordance with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) requirements and NOT rejected as Informal.  I also introduced the importance & the power of preferences in changing outcomes. If you missed Part 1 you can read it here […]

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So,when going to vote at this election make sure you know that the candidates that you are voting for are who they say they are.There are MANY people who allegedly say they are”Independent”but in fact ARE NOT.There are MANY who are in fact getting money from both”Labour/Greens”and or”Getup”Also make sure YOU mark all the boxes to make sure that YOUR preferences are not stolen by the”Uni-Party”

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European Churches: Vandalized, Defecated On, and Torched “Every Day France : Two churches are desecrated every day on average. 1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols (crucifixes, icons, statues) were registered in France in 2018. This represents a 17% increase compared to the previous year (2017), when 878 attacks were registered. As the number of Muslim migrants increases, so do attacks on churches. Germany: 2017 in the Alps and Bavaria around 200 churches were attacked and many crosses broken. The perpetrators are often described as youthful rioters with a migration background.” Elsewhere they are described as “young Islamists.” In European… Read more »

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I fink if Billshock Shorton want to help relieve the suffering of cancer sufferers the best thing he can do is remove labour from both the lower house and the upper house in parliament .In my opinion they are the worst cancers on the face of the planet.If that was done it would make the greens irrelevant.

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Nasty family of shit-eating fuckpigs, the Turdballs, are at it again . . .
ex-PM Malleable Turdball, along with his idiot son Alex, have decided to patronise [some might say illegally] a consortium of “Independents”.
Two dykes, an idiot & a poofter. Apparently Turdball is spending millions to get these shitferbrains over the line.
How long will the turdball tantrum last? Fucken years I hope.

mervyn finga
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You bastards. One time after another I’ve been squeezed out our of your farkin kiss-arse ‘club’.
venividi, fuck him off;
‘the slithergadee’ – a failed pote;
‘ardeotis australis’ – you couldn’t handle the great bird’s words of truth.
Well I’m still here you bastards. Stick that in your pipes & blow it out your arses.

Bikinis not Burkas
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Bikinis not Burkas

Muhammad said women are deficient of intelligence!
https://muflihun.com/bukhari/6/301

Pull on an Islamic head dress raise your hand and scream “Look at me, look at me, I agree with Muhammad, I am STUPID!”

paisley
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I posted this earlier to the Get Up kid Billy B —- Tony Abbott was a Rhode scholar at Oxford, what have you done Billy Boy? He is certainly not a moron like you Get Up boy. Mr. Rhodes’ Will contains four criteria by which prospective Rhodes Scholars are to be selected: literary and scholastic attainments; energy to use one’s talents to the full; truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings. Billy boy I… Read more »

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Disraeli

Hannigan looks a bit of a loon. The site’s littered with anti-Semitism. He’s still peddling the 100 years old Protocols of Zion HOAX.

https://larryhannigan.com/forgotten-history/12-the-protocols-what-are-they-all-about/

flying
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flying

I watched this great show last night after searching around for something decent to watch. All about the great South Sea Islander people and their Rugby Union. Very religious men just like Israel Falou…..Wonderful sense of humour, big eaters. Johnny Wilkinson and all other great players feature throughout. Just looked at ebroadcast and it’s on again today at 1.30pm Qld time as I had to miss the end because it got too late for me. (The tiny Pacific Island nations of Tonga, Fiji and Samoa reconnect with their warrior heritage and take on the giants of the Rugby World Cup.… Read more »

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Bat

Further to Eric Hunt, below. just whizzed of a LTTE. “”Israel Folau. Never met the man. Don’t agree with his religious views. But I have to say that all this “Inclusiveness” that is spread around, it is amazing why Israel, is being excluded. Why do we let people like Peter Beattie, Herr Goebbels, legitimize such absolute shite, hipocrisy and humbug, without contrition or atonement. “No Inclusiveness for you”. Religious Eclusivity at its finest. “I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” François-Marie Arouet 21 November 1694… Read more »

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Where’s the usual “New Post Up” I guess I’ll have to say it.

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New post….

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flying

Thanks to the old blokes @
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Playing The Music You Grew Up With…..Vintage FM – The Voice of Sydney’s New West – plays the music you grew up with from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Songs that are 40+ years old and were originally released on vinyl. The songs you know, the songs you forgot about; and the songs you thought you’d never hear again.
(Now listening from NW Qld through the VAST TV/RADIO network on radio ch 634.) Great music!!

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Indignant Elder

Friend of Bill Shorten charged with vandalism offences at polling station

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/de
Friend of Bill Shorten charged with vandalism offences at polling stat…
Andrew Landeryou, the husband of senator Kimberley Kitching, will face court on theft and criminal damage charges

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DEVIL – if wandering around the older pages to catch up on comments, pressing the “jump to comments” feature only takes one to the top of that page, not to the most recent comments.
Maybe this is purposeful, maybe not. It would be useful to have a shortcut to the present…

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Poddy

Anyone else notice the new monotone sooky way Shorten speaks..as if he cares about the battlers.
His minders use makeup to disguise the warts and moles on his bucket head.
He proudly displays his tits to win the support of the LGBGTH mob
This horrible POS could soon be running this country.
It will be like a giant wrecking ball hitting Australia

MaxBilney
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The coming election might be the last chance to save our nation from a Muslim-Africoon invasion. 100’s of 1,000’s are being prepared to enter; most likely several millions. The politicians will send them out in their 1,000’s to our country centres and sponsor more mosques. The Africans will continue their tribal warfare with the whiteys being the enemy. These savages will drain our social weffare and medical services. We are being set up for a total societal collapse. And the young voters will vote Labor and the Greens in. They have been totally brainwashed and will not realise their stupidity… Read more »

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I walked past a black kid sitting at a bus stop as I went into the bank. When I came out, he looked at me and said ‘Any Change?’ I said, ‘Nope, you’re still black

MaxBilney
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Take a good look at that ugly adult female standing between 2 overwrapped junior letter boxes. Hers is the face of a traitor to Australian traditions and values. This is the face of our school teachers and politicians. I notice that lately letter boxes are even appearing in our tv commercials, along with blacks and poofters. Always a blond white woman with a black. Poofters and lessons are all over our screens, but get ready for the Muslim invasion of your senses. Ms Arden is wearing a hijab everywhere these days, as I think she must think it hides her… Read more »

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Malcolm Roberts on Queers and Arseholes tonight. Just listening to ABC Bris Radio and they are in a lather as to why a science denier is allowed on the show. Yup this is the state of their ABC now. Only one opinion is allowed in the new world order. Even when that opinion has not a single piece of empirical evidence backing it up.

Eric Hunt
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Rugby League Commission boss Peter Beattie said, “Israel Folau fails the NRL’s inclusiveness culture, which is a policy strongly supported by the ARLC.”

inclusiveness
noun [ U ] uk  /ɪnˈkluː.sɪv.nəs/ us  /ɪnˈkluː.sɪv.nəs/
the quality of including many different types of people and treating them all fairly and equally:

What about Israel Folau’s views? Seems “inclusiveness culture” doesn’t swing both ways . . . Peter Beattie hypocritically excludes and chastises Folau’s views (inclusiveness includes treating ALL fairly and equally) . . .

mots
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“They Don’t Know What To Say!” (Candace Owens gives them a lesson).
Mark Dice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BvI2WFv7Ps

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Wikileaks Discoveries You Should Know About

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugHEXYMQ1uk

AOT
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AOT

I was just re-reading an article that Larry wrote just over 12 months ago called “Religious Rituals” How true it is, but getting worse by the day. Why is it that Western societies, especially Australia, are turning away from Christianity, or more to the point, not attending church services when our whole culture is/was based on Christianity ? Another more serious question: Given that Christianity is on the decline as people now are generally more educated in sciences, why are we as a Christian based society allowing the followers of Islam to take it’s place, especially considering that those followers… Read more »

lg
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lg

Lawyer for the Sudanese-American Minneapolis cop who murdered Justine have already pulled out the ‘race card’ . . . ‘Only in the dock because his name’s Mohammed, etc’. If found guilty they’re implying Minneapolis’s 60,000 Sudanese may go on a riot. Could be a remake of ‘Khartoum’ . . . Time to get Charlton Heston (General Gordon) and his NRA pals up to Minnesota.

mots
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mots

2GB are doing their best to ruin their name. Ray Hadley has become somewhat annoying of late but John Stanley filling in is now a step too far. I’ll hear what John Laws is babbling about, that should last for about 10 minutes.

Radar
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Radar

O/T….Sounds like Greg Inglis is gonna pull the pin today.Sorry to see such a wonderful player leave the game.Think this poor bloke has the Black Dog on his heals.Get well Greg.

Ducktracy
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Ducktracy
Cosmik Debris
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Cosmik Debris

Israel Folau’s public comments were not homophobic. I did not see any fear of man or of those of a homosexual disposition in his statements. But they were HELLPHOBIC as the comments showed a very strong fear of eternal damnation for himself and mankind.

Edwin
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Edwin

A sexually active woman tells her plastic surgeon that she wanted her vaginal lips reduced in size because they were too loose and floppy. Out of embarrassment she insisted that the surgery be kept a secret and the surgeon agreed. Awakening from the anesthesia after the surgery she found 3 roses carefully placed beside her on the bed. Outraged, she immediately calls in the doctor. “I thought I asked you not to tell anyone about my operation”! The surgeon told her he had carried out her wish for confidentiality and that the first rose was from him: “I felt sad… Read more »

sideways G
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sideways G

Methinx the ongoing furore over Israel Folau may have more to do with the “now” world than the here-after. Given that Qantas has never had a problem business-wise associating with a country that is happy to have certain types of folk leave tall buildings without using either the stairs or lifts smacks of hypocrisy! But when you factor in Rugby hierarchy being outed from the “chairmans’ lounge” arrangement then something has to go. Imagine the shock to those “elite” Rugby types having to share the same airport amenities and, possibly, mix with fans. The shock /horror factor was way too… Read more »

Bwana
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Bwana

Today’s Johannes Leak cartoon.

https://ibb.co/BGWLZTN

Bkengineering
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Bkengineering
Bwana
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Bwana

Pete Buttigieg, an openly gay mayor whose presidential bid has sparked national attention, has officially announced his campaign for the US presidency.

lg
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lg

Seems I’m being ‘trolled’ by some posters, new or old . . . dunno, names I’ve not seen before. Woohoo!!! . . . Gonna have some fun . . . Have your wits about you fellers . . . or whatever wit or partial wit you can muster.

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Ducktracy

He’s Back

Tiger Woods Masters Win (MUST SEE) | Did Tiger Woods Win Today? | Tiger Woods 2019 | Masters Golf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1OpC2EXXl4

Flysa
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Flysa

Qantas is arranging an anti-Israel demonstration at Balmain oval. Active poofters will line up behind Joyce behind the touch line and old poofters will line up behind the dead ball line. Everyone will have to score at least one try.

pelican
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pelican

site appears to be crashing..posts from last two topics appear to be vanishing

pelican
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pelican

Anzac Day..brought to you by Lord Rothschilds Central Bank Mafia..proud sponsors of the Boer War, WW1 and WW2….now do people understand why our governments have been so quick to send our diggers to the battlefield…all you have to do is join 2 dots..or maybe take a random guess…any takers…….

Cosmik Debris
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Cosmik Debris

Good morning King of Hearts. Next time you are seeking guidance could you ask about 5G? Thanks