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Reasons to Vote

OUR RATIONALE FOR VOTING

The position of the parties on the issues.

Our How-To-Vote cards for House of Representatives and for the Senate have been drafted in accordance with several general principles. The purpose of these principles is to improve the quality of Australian democracy in general and the Australian political process in particular.

Each seat is analysed individually and separately from others. Therefore deviations from the general principles may occur in certain seats if there are specific reasons for doing so. If there is any deviation from general principles, these specific reasons will be clearly spelt out.

Want to know the specific reason for your seat?

After the Federal Election we will be publishing the full reasons why the votes were ranked in every seat. Put your email and name in the box so we can let you know when they are published.

What are the problems?

The Cosy Duopoly

• The biggest problem we have in the Australian political system is the Two Party Preferred (TPP) system. This has led to a cosy duopoly where either the ‘red team’ and the ‘blue team’ govern.

• In recent years they have become more and more indistinguishable from each other. In addition, they spend more and more of their resources on attacking each other rather than focusing on good government.

• They can do this because they know that ONE of them is going to be in government and if it’s not them this time, it could well be them next election.

• Political parties get public funding from the AEC based on how many primary votes they get. Currently they get $2.90 for each primary vote if their total vote for an electorate or senate position goes above 4%. For Labor & Liberal, this translates to over $24,000,000 each.

• Besides the direct funding given, parties can obtain bank loans based on their primary vote of yet more millions of dollars.

• This means that the majors are well resourced to keep doing EXACTLY what they have been doing. They have become COMPLACENT. Therefore unless a viable ‘third force’ is introduced to shake things up a bit, NOTHING CHANGES.

The 'Safe Seat'

• The other major problem is the phenomenon of SAFE SEATS. This means that for such a seat, unless the sitting member of parliament (MP) does something publicly illegal or is involved in a really ugly scandal, they are almost guaranteed of reelection.

• This is hardly the kind of environment that is conducive to proactive and energetic MPs fighting for the best interests of their constituents.

• We would have a much better country if we had 151 marginal seats. Then you would see every sitting MP work hard because they knew they were NOT GUARANTEED of being re-elected.

So how do we address this?

We must reduce the influence of the major parties and increase that of minors. We do this by reducing the major parties primary vote. We must make each seat more marginal. We do this by reducing the Two Party Preferred (TPP) margin.

So what specifically do we recommend?

Do not give your primary vote ie your first preference to a major party ie Liberal, National, Labor or Greens. This reduces primary vote and thus their funding. Rank the sitting MP BELOW the other major party in order of preference.

For example, if seat is held by ALP then put Lib or National candidate above ALP one and vice versa. This reduces the TPP and makes the seat more marginal.

Authorised by Joel Jammal for Turning Point Australia, Level 10/369 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052
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