The WikiLeaks Party have done a deal that will betray progressive voters by preferencing the far-right Shooters Party, who are competing with the Greens candidate Cate Faehrmann for the last NSW senate spot.
In 2004 Labor did a similar preference deal with Family First in Victoria that saw Steve Fielding’s primary vote of two per cent rise to over 14 per cent, giving him a seat instead of the Greens candidate who had an eight per cent primary vote.
The outcomes of preference deals with micro-parties can be highly unpredictable.
That is why WikiLeaks’ decision to preference the Shooters Party is a monumental mistake and seriously risks electing a pro-gun senator whose sole agenda will be to placate the gun lobby and relax gun-control laws.
Progressive voters who care about issues like stopping coal seam gas mining, internet freedom, and including dental care under Medicare need to vote 1 for the Greens above the line in the senate. Voting for the WikiLeaks Party will only help Tony Abbott take full control of the senate.
Lyn Dickinson, Pottsville