The Null Device

Neutralising the Green insurgency

I have just been informed that, in the upcoming Australian federal election, all major parties (Liberals, Nationals and Labor) and the Democrats are giving their preferences to Christian Fundamentalist parties (the Fred Nile group and Family First) ahead of the Greens, which stands the religious right a good chance of winning the balance of power on the strength of people voting above the line. Still, if it annihilates the Green Party before it becomes a threat to the established order, four years of religiots holding the balance of power must be a small price for the major parties to pay.
The table shows the preference orders on the above the line Senate tickets in NSW. It omits the minor parties that have little or no chance of winning. Check it out for yourself at
1. Democrats
2. Family First
3. Liberals for Forests
4. Christian Democrats (Rev Fred Nile)
5. Greens
6. 50% Liberals/Nationals, 50% Labor Party

Labor Party
1. Labor Party
2. Liberals for Forests
3. 33% Christian Democrats (Rev Fred Nile), 66% Greens
4. Democrats
5. Family First
6. Liberals/Nationals

1. Greens
2. Democrats
3. Labor Party
4. Liberals/Nationals
5. Family First
6. Christian Democrats (Rev Fred Nile)

(via Peter)

There are 3 comments on "Neutralising the Green insurgency":

Posted by: loulou http:// Fri Oct 8 09:59:15 2004

this is totally disturbing - i never thought, though it may seem utterly naive - that these preference could occur

Posted by: Ben-Baba Ali Gazebo Fri Oct 8 11:45:19 2004

The local Greens candidate was canvassing outside of Safeway when I went to do some shopping this evening, however she soon lost interest when I told her that as a genuine anti-establishment type I don't vote.

Posted by: Ben-Baba Ali Gazebo Sun Oct 10 01:44:25 2004

Apparently the Liberals were using Goblins as part of their campaign. This led to an interesting discussion last night, if the goblins are working for the liberals and the brownies for the Greens, obviously the Democrats are the Fairys-At-The-Bottom-Of-The-Garden party. Maybe the ALP should have tried to build more bridges to the unseen world before this election, but being atheists I suppose they refused on principle.