Federal Election 2016 – some useful resources and links

OK, so it’s Friday, and I’ve written at least 60,000 words so far this election, so if you’ve only found me now, you probably don’t have time to read everything I’ve written about every party before you go and vote.

But don’t panic.  Many people in the world are more concise than I am.  So very many.

Here are some of them.

Briefer party reviews

Axvoter has reviewed all the parties in Victoria AND all of the independents in his Blatantly Partisan Party Reviews.  He is more concise than I am (his reviews lurk around the 500 word mark), but still usefully thorough -.  Generally shares my lefty biases, and the title speaks for itself!  He has also written about how to vote in both the Upper and Lower Houses, in case you weren’t sure.

A briefer, and quite entertaining summary of parties and candidates from Victoria comes from Anthony, who asks Who the hell are all these people on the Victorian Senate ballot paper?  I especially like the reviews for the ALA, One Nation, and Rise Up Australia.

Know Your Parties takes on the NSW ballot.  The author is quite brief, and enjoyably sarcastic. Independents are not included.

Tiara does the same for – I think – the QLD ballot.

DonkeyVotie has created brief profiles for all parties in all states, including likes, dislikes, and quotable quotes.  It’s a good collection of highlights and lowlights, but you will have to research your own independents.

Perth Cactus has party profiles with illustrations, videos and memes.  Highly entertaining, may not take much less time to read than my stuff.  (OK, it will take less time, and it’s definitely a fun read, so go for it).

Note that all the summaries I’ve found lean rather to the left – despite my vigorous Googling of right-wing parties, I suspect Google knows what I really think.  And my Facebook friends definitely do.  If you know of any other summaries, particularly ones with different biases, please share them and I will add them to this list.

Other handy bits and pieces

Here is a handy Senate Voting Card Creator.  This allows you to create a printable how to vote card for yourself, so that you don’t lose track of who is who in the ballot box.  The Independents are grouped together, but you can rearrange them on your ballot paper at step 3.

How to vote cards for each party that has registered one for Victoria, NSW, QLD, ACT, SA, NT, WA, TAS.  I was not able to incorporate this into my analysis this year, unfortunately, but it is useful information.

Find your nearest Democracy Sausage or cake stall here or here (also includes cake stalls, vegetarian and international options).

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5 thoughts on “Federal Election 2016 – some useful resources and links

  1. I am amused that I find Tiara’s post for the first time, here. We’ve met in the same city but inhabit different parts of the internet. The Victorians are usually the ones all over the party commentary. I spreadsheeted all your commentaries in Qld ballot order, for my friends, and my project grew from there. I see I now have to update all my Axvoter links too. Thanks for that. I need another coffee. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1r-pbLofclQjShtqDD0mkerTBs5KT6VB4KjBVafapUlU/edit#gid=976017040

  2. Tiara,is using the AEC list, which explains two weird things on it. The official name of Sustainable Australia IS actually #Sustainable Australia, and “Sustainable Australia” is the registered abbreviation, like “Veterans Party” is the registered abbreviation of the ADVP. Apparently they made a hashtag of themselves two years ago.

    The Stable Population Party of Australia was registered on 23 September 2010 and renamed as the Australian Stable Population Party on 26 September 2012. The Australian Stable Population Party renamed as #Sustainable Population Party on 20 February 2014.The #Sustainable Population Party was renamed #Sustainable Australia (Sustainable Australia) on 18 January 2016.

    I think its an annoying ploy to get to the top of lists of minor parties. http://www.aec.gov.au/Parties_and_Representatives/Party_Registration/Registered_parties/index.htm

    Explaining Jeffrey Hodges: I’d seen his “Consumer Rights & No-Tolls Party” and investigated to find out it was just him running as an independent in the 2015 state elections. Then he ran for lord mayor of Brisbane in April. In order to use his party name when running in the seat of Rankin as a federal candidate, he unsurprisingly had to register it federally. He appears to have got his seven hundred members by appealing to conspiracy theorists. https://nocompulsoryvaccination.com/2015/08/13/a-new-pro-choice-political-party-needs-your-help-urgently/

    I think Richard O’Brien is from Victoria, But he’s also using the federal list. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=815948578541926&set=a.116993995104058.20225.100003803743207&type=3&theater

  3. Thank you so much, Cate. I usually read all the candidate websites myself, as well as your blog (RSS ftw!). But this year I’ve had no time – got the reps done but am relying very heavily on your wonderful analysis for the senate. You’re awesome!

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