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Ocean Shores DA threat to biodiversity, say residents

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John Cooper, independent Senate candidate NSW, Brunswick Heads

I have been contacted by many fellow independents raising concerns about the layout of the Senate election ballot paper and the grouping of independents in the ungrouped group. This election has raised an interesting situation with the layout of the form and the large number of independents running.

Where in our constitution does it state a Party or grouping will be advantaged over independents for placement on the ballot form? Independents who selected to be ‘ungrouped’ in their nomination form are actually grouped on the far right of the ballot paper contrary to their instruction not to be grouped. This is a section many voters will probably not even look at due to the length of the form.

The independent ungrouped group are also excluded from the left to right position selection and not included as ungrouped in the above the line selection. Many of the ‘groups’ in this election are made up of 1 or 2 members, they can do this by registering as a party or nominating another to be grouped with.

The major parties closely watch the draw for position on the paper, obviously they realise there is an advantage to be on the left of the ballot paper. We need a form that reads left to right then down the sheet with all candidates having the opportunity to be number 1, we are meant to be represented by candidates not parties.

What will be next, independents last on House of Rep’s ballots because they are a nuisance to the majors? As a final thought, will the polling booths be wide enough to lay out the Senate form and see all the candidates?
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A voting guide for dummies

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