Greens say no to preferences
THE Greens will not be directing preferences in the seat of Clarence, the party’s candidate for Clarence, Janet Cavanaugh, said yesterday.
Ms Cavanaugh said she would leave it up to voters to allocate preferences in the upper and lower houses.
“It was the consensus of the local Greens membership that none of the other candidates in the seat of Clarence share our core principles of environmental sustainability, social justice, democracy and non-violence,” she said.
“However we do advise voters to take advantage of preferential voting. It is a great Australian tradition to have an each-way bet.
“It effectively doubles the value of your vote. If a candidate is elected due to preference flow from Greens voters, this gives a clear message that they should take on some of our core principles.
“While also not directing preferences in the upper house, I would advise voters to use their vote wisely to ensure that the upper house provides a check on any ‘reform’ process undertaken by the next government to wind back public services or the protection of our natural environment.
“When voting in the upper house, unlike the Senate, voters choose their own preferences even if they vote above the line. This has removed any shady back-room preference deals and makes the process far more democratic.”