ELECTION: Pick your own preferences. Here’s the candidates’ telling selections
May 10, 2022
When you head to the voting booth, you will be listing the Page candidates 1 to 10. One is your first choice, 2 is your second and so on. Number 10 is for your least favourite candidate.
Your preferences matter.
You must number every box.
Rather than follow a how to vote card from the candidates, do your research and make up your own mind. If you like what someone stands for them vote for them.
Below are where the candidates want their preferences directed.
Our how to vote card has our first four preferences as: Labor, Independent, Greens, Indigenous Aboriginal Party.
It’s always a difficult decision when deciding what order to put candidates on our how to vote card and voters always have their own choice as to what order they put candidates when they vote. I looked at the policies of each candidate and put those who most closely aligned with our values at the top.
I haven’t printed any how to vote cards yet, but my preference is aligned to my value system. And the party that has the courage to speak about our freedom will be at the top. Those that want to hand over our freedoms to global interests at the bottom.
I met Heather Smith recently, she is one of the knowledgeable people I have ever spoken with and I strongly encourage anyone looking into a rational approach to farm systems development for better economic and environmental business structures to connect with her.
I want to remind people that they control the preferences by the numbering sequence they place on their ballot paper. It would bode well for democracy in this country if most people did thorough research and could confidently complete their ballot paper without referring to any party’s how to vote suggestions. However, many people find the current political landscape confusing and with 10 candidates standing in Page, which is excellent, there is quite a bit of research to do. Tom Searles of the Liberal Democrats and Ian Williamson of the UAP sit at second and third on my HTV card respectively.
My first and second preference are the two pro-democracy candidates Tom Searles from the Liberal Democrats and Heather Smith from the Australia Federation Party. We have similar values as to how to restore democracy and Australian values.
Kevin Hogan has listed Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party as second preference and Brett Duroux from the Indigenous Aboriginal Party of Australia as third.
We will be giving our second preference recommendation to the Indigenous Party of Australia, because it is our strong belief that First Nations voices should be at the forefront of decisions in Parliament. The Greens are committed to developing a Treaty and beginning the process of truth-telling and healing, and the decision to preference this way felt best in line with those principles.
Our third preference recommendation is Hanabeth Luke (Independent) and fourth is Patrick Deegan (Labor).
I am not directing preferences, I’m Independent. My how to vote card will reflect this.
I was surprised but very pleased that Labor and the Greens put me high up on their how to vote cards. I’ve promised nothing in return.
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I haven’t managed to get to my how to vote card yet, although I did read the other day at the last election only half the voters even looked at them, let alone followed them. I’ll be preferencing the IAPA candidate second. If I don’t get across the line then it’d be good to see more indigenous MPs, there so much work to do on that front they need people inside the parliament.
Candidates Donna Pike, One Nation and Brett Duroux, Indigenous Aboriginal Party of Australia did not respond to our request for their preferences.