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This media release was issued by the Australian Coalition for Equality on 19.11.07.
ACE releases voter guide to help people understand Senate preferences
With the Federal Election rapidly approaching, the Australian Coalition for Equality (ACE) has released a voter guide to explain the possible anti-GLBTI ramifications of voting 'above the line' in the Senate.
The voter guide complements the www.movingforward.org.au website, which contains the detailed responses by political parties to a survey on GLBTI rights conducted by ACE.
ACE spokesperson Rod Swift says that many voters do not realise that an 'above the line' vote may inadvertently support a candidate with an anti-GLBTI stance.
"When people vote by placing their vote above the line on the Senate ballot paper, their preference flows in a way determined by that party, and that could be towards anti-gay candidates," Mr Swift said.
"The guide analyses the preference flows as determined by each party and then ranks them as to whether it is safe to vote for them in the Senate above the line."
"Of course, the only way to ensure your Senate vote is distributed the way you want is to vote below the line in the Senate by numbering every box below the line. We encourage every voter to consider voting this way if possible."
ACE's analysis of Senate preference flows shows that voting for a number of friendly-sounding minor parties may result in a vote for anti-gay political parties.
"For example, we have found that a vote in some Senate elections above the line for parties like the Liberty and Democracy Party and Conservatives for Climate and Enviroment results in preferences passing to anti-gay parties like Family First, One Nation, Pauline Hanson and the Christian Democratic Party."
ACE's voting guide can be downloaded at www.movingforward.org.au or at coalitionforequality.org.au/election2007/guide.pdf
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The only way to ensure your Senate vote is distributed the way you want is to vote below the line in the Senate by numbering every box below the line. We encourage every voter to consider voting this way if possible.