Five more parties register to join the ACT election race

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FIVE more parties have applied to register as political parties for the ACT October election. 
The Australian Climate Change Justice Party, the Australian Federation Party ACT, David Pollard Independent, The Canberra Party and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) all lodged applications before the June 30 deadline.
The objection period will start early next week and will close after 14 days.
ACT electoral commissioner Damian Cantwell says: “This takes the number of new parties applying to register for the 2020 election to eight. The Canberra Progressives and the Belco Party (ACT) have already completed the registration process and can now contest the election, while the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (ACT) are currently within the 14 day objection period.”
There are currently 10 political parties registered to contest the 2020 ACT election including the Animal Justice Party, the Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch), the Belco Party (ACT), the Canberra Progressives, the Liberal Democratic Party, the Liberal Party of Australia (ACT Division), Sustainable Australia (ACT), the ACT Greens, the Community Action Party (ACT) and the Flux Party.

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  1. The problem now is Hare-Clark which will make sure the smaller groups become fodder in the quota system. The missing part moving forward is forming party blocs to flow preferences between the micro-parties to the exclusion of the current three – but that will take both negotiation and desire.

  2. Voters that don’t want the current three national parties can work out their own preferences, but most importantly should number EVERY box. Don’t fall for the Labor/Liberal exhausted votes gerrymander.

  3. I think Peter has missed the flaw in the Hare Clark gerrymander.

    Firstly, preferential voting of the minor parties while leaving major parties last will still achieve a trickle down preference flow to those parties because Hark Clark also works on a quota system.

    With these useless five seat electorates when no single representative is willing to take any responsibility, to get a certain seat, you need 16.68% of the vote. Party deals and voting cards make sure the excess quota votes then trickle to the next “worthy” candidate to the exclusion of the minor and micro parties.

    Gaming the system is required. The system relies on a voter bias towards the easiest solution. For mine, not voting for the majors sends a much stronger message than every box.

    The voter mood in Eden-Monaro should really be discussed in more detail because it flows directly into the ACT. If the two majors can only achieve a 50/50 split after five weeks of campaigning, then there is a problem with the product they are offering. It is not the voters’ fault, it is the lack of difference.

    The minor and micro parties need to pick up on that and start building some better alliances, otherwise we are in a Romans versus People’s Front of Judea versus Judean People’s Front situation … again.

    • I haven’t missed that aspect of Hare-Clark at all, I think we have a different impression of what to do when people who are against the majors reach the stage of only having the majors left on their ballot paper without preferences.

      Hare-Clark works on a quota system, but in 5-member electorates it will always elect 5 people. Leaving preferences blank after a certain stage just means other people’s votes decide who the last successful candidates are, it doesn’t prevent seats being filled. Those other people will, in large part, be the zombie voters for the majors. The only message received by the majors is ‘Thank You’.

      The bigger end of the exhausted votes gerrymander is those that are exhausted before they elect anybody, rather than the over-quota aspect, particularly those that start voting minor.

      I agree, it would be sensible for minors and independents to coalesce around certain issues (e.g. taxation), encouraging people to continue numbering boxes well beyond 5 is the best hope to break down the ‘Romans’.

      I think the message from Eden-Monaro is less the Two Party Preferred, and more that first preferences for the two majors only added up to 74%, similar to ACT first preferences in 2016. In Hare-Clark the remainder (more than a quota across every electorate) can be converted to seats, IF votes don’t get exhausted.

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