The Preferential Voting System is probably the fairest ever devised but it has been subverted by  party politics . . . as everything tends to be.

The system essentially asks you, “Who do you want to vote for?” and you mark that down.

The key to the voting system’s fairness is that it then asks you “if your first choice isn’t going to win who would be your next choice?” . . . and so on.

Then if your first choice doesn’t get enough votes, your vote still gets counted for your second choice. Without a preferential system we have ludicrous democracies like Bill Clinton being elected President of the United States with 32% of the vote.

Nothing simpler and fairer than “ Preferential” . . . except we are given HOW TO VOTE CARDS.

How to vote cards instruct us who we want as second, third and more and then it is no longer our vote. We get to cast the first vote and then someone else does the rest for us. It should be called electoral fraud.

My dear mother – to her dying day – believed that if she didn’t follow the how to vote card her vote would be invalid.  She would never take the risk that her vote may be deemed informal.

The greatest abuse of the voting system in Australia is the provision of How to Vote Cards. The elector and no one else should make the second, third, etc choice – because it is a choice. Sometimes the most critical choice in an electorate.

It should not be  a back room negotiation or a political strategy. 

Lets say the voter wants a generic “Right Wing” candidate – so that person gets his Number ONE vote. Then logically he would choose a “Right Tending” second choice – but back room deals and political strategies may have the How to Vote Card saying vote the Loony Tomato Party  candidate next. 

Not what the elector would want, but serves, within the system, to diminish the “Right Tending” candidate’s chances to be the winner when the preferential system gets down to the final two candidates. Its clever politics but not democracy.

So, dear voter, put down your number one choice, and then the next person YOU WANT. If you know more, keep going.  YOUR preferences will be honoured by the counting and the results will better reflect what the public wants.

Of course this means you – the elector – have to know who you are voting for – but that’s not hard – the ballot paper identifies the parties – make your own order – make your vote reflect what you want . . . all the way down with the person, party or philosophy you loathe the last number. 

It will probably split the big parties’ votes – but put more diversity into parliament, and in the long run get more people thinking the way you think elected, rather than supporting the entrenched status quo which clearly does not listen to us.

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I agree that FPTP doesn’t necessarily get the best result, BUT preferential voting isn’t much better. It’s a ‘two bob each way’ (or two bob numerous ways).
Perhaps allowing 100% of your vote for 1st preference, 75% for 2nd 50% for 3rd and NOTHING after that.
In the senate preferential voting ABOVE the line should be MANDATORY!

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Why are my jokes being moderated and not shown?

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Tomorrow is Earth Day and yet surprisingly there has been very little promotion from the Water Melon brigade. It is also the birthday of comrade Vladimir Lenin. Coincidence?

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Happy Easter Brendan,

Please investigate the cloned King of Hearts (with the vile content below) and despatch it to the dustbin of history.

The real King of Hearts would never stoop to such behaviour.

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New post up

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Did anyone see that bloke ‘something’ Bottom on Sky News Richo last night? What a f’n head, makes billy (the rapist) bigger than ever tit’s head look like a cocktail onion. Looked like a water melon with hair standing on end.

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He’s fired up,
“Joe Digenova SLAMS The Hill’s Krystal Ball on AG Barr’s Integrity”
Reasonable Insanity
Published on 20 Apr 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owjtF67DQzk

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Now that the Mueller report is out, there should be some clarification as to what it says about “hacking”.

https://twitter.com/Coder4Liberty/status/1119646086031904769

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The World is about to know the real Truth very SQQN

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Fraser Anning apparently (according ot a post below) , er…ahem…works for the ISraeli crowd..and wants to move the Australian embassy to jerusalem…very sad Fraser….in so many ways…the Australian Senate canned the idea

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oh dear..Anus Failure has proven to be a complete liar when it comes to providing cheaper power for everyone..now he says he doesnt know anything about a company associated with him making $80 million selling the highest priced ever water licences back to er, ah, his own Governemnt -, the proceeds of which went straight into a Cayman island bank account….yet another Aussie pollie who has direct links with Cayman Island bank accounts as well as the Turd…now why does the Australian Governemt facilitate cash transactions straight into private tax free Cayman Islands bank accounts??!!..how many more Aussie pollies are… Read more »

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Marxist-ianity or as Comey would say…Christians have to sin if they wan’t justice

Diana West on Red Thread & Deep State’s Attempted Coup

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i think I have found my First Senate pick

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As 21st century citizens, we want to challenge the power and privilege of religious institutions in Australia. As secular humanists, we want an end to religious interference in education, health, civil liberties and taxation

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Been over to price the renovation work at Notre dame.
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A poem Paul McCartney wrote to Heather Mills when they were together: We lay upon a grassy bank my hands were all a quiver, I slowly undid her suspender belt and her leg fell in the river.

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My girlfriend just walked out of the kitchen, looked at me and said, “I’m afraid that you need to get a new dish washer.”
I said to myself, “That’s a strange fucking way to break up with someone!! 🤔😳

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Dear Brendan, the “jump to comments’ link is a wonderful improvement to the site.

I think it would be useful if clicking on your symbols there would be an explanation of their functions. Most of us oldies get “link” and that “b” is bold; and “i” is italics; and “u” is for underlining but I confess I’m not sure about the rest.

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“Poor Brian!”
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Published on 20 Apr 2019
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