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Election Survey - South Australia 2014 - Q10

Q10 - Legislative Council voting

Most voters in SA Legislative Council elections choose to place a number ‘1’ above the line for one party – but are thereby denied their own preference allocation. Recent changes to SA electoral laws do not address this problem. True democracy would be restored by giving voters the option to allocate their own preferences by party, numbering all squares above the line, or by candidate, numbering all squares below the line.

Would you support a law to allow Legislative Council voters a choice to record their party preferences by numbering all the squares above the line? 

Party Reply Score

Labor Party                                                                                          

The Labor Party received this survey in January but has declined to respond despite repeated requests.  The Weatherill government has so far shown no interest in abolishing the “party ticket” voting system that allows manipulation by micro parties.


 Liberal Party

The Liberal Party has decided that it is willing to consider optional preferential voting in the Legislative Council and has committed to establishing a Joint Select Committee to consider this and other electoral reform options for the 2018 election.

Family First Party                                                                                                    


 SA Greens

The SA Greens received this survey in January but have declined to respond despite several requests.  The SA Greens have supported optional preferential voting for parties above the line in Legislative Council elections.


 Stop Population Growth Now                                                                                          

I do not think the system you describe is best, but the present system is open to manipulation, and must be changed. We need to consider whether preferences should be eliminated altogether. Perhaps a points system, as follows. Say there are 10 candidates. A first preference scores 10 points, 2nd preference scores 9 points, 3rd pref 8 points, etc. An unmarked square scores no points. Voters would only number as many as they chose. Highest number of points wins.

This system means you could probably do away with above the line voting, and just use below the line.

Please note you may only record and publish my opinions as expressed above, in full. Please do not place your own interpretation on them.



Dignity for Disability                                                                                               

Dignity For Disability sent 10 individual replies but no party reply.  Nine canddiates definitely would support preferential voting for parties above the line for the SA Legislative Council.  One was unsure.


Nick Xenophon Team                                                                                               

Nick Xenophon is not standing for election – he is a federal senator.  His SA upper house candidates John Darley and Connie Bonaros have not replied: John Darley’s position on upper house voting is unknown.


Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000


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