I am offering the author of ‘Suspicious preferencing in the Senate race’, David Lovejoy, a $10,000 wager. I bet that Hemp and Stop CSG ‘above the line’ preferences in the NSW Senate election can never ‘finish up on the pile of gun-worshipping cretins’ the Shooters and Fishers Party in the NSW (or in any other state) Senate election, unless both the Greens’ No 1 and the ALP’s No 3 candidates have already been elected or excluded.
If you are not willing to accept this wager then your only honourable course of action is to retract your misleading and wilful slurs on HEMP and Stop CSG.
Also David, be sure to start voting early yourself on 7 August. You are going to be spending a long time, and spoiling a lot of ballot papers, trying to put the Hunters and Fishers Party last out of 110. There is no such political party registered in Australia.
Graham Askey, Secretary, HEMP Party
David Lovejoy responds:
It is not necessary for the HEMP party (or Stop CSG or WikiLeaks) to place the Shooters and Fishers above the Greens on their preference list for an upset to occur. If the votes on their pile when it is eliminated go to another right-wing party that does preference the Shooters and Fishers before the Greens, the damage will be done. A preference miscalculation gave Steve Fielding of the abominable Family First Party a seat in 2004 with less than two per cent of the primary vote.
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