Suggestion for figuring out your Senate preferences

Below is the nightmare Victorian Senate ballot paper, in the order determined by random chance. As you can see, progressive candidates did very badly, and the ballot is filled with right-wing cranks and lunatics. The Libs are at the very top. The ALP is way down the bottom - worse, it’s after the far-right “Labour DLP”, which will cause confusion. The ballot highlights how silly it is having a system where people with a few hundred bucks who register a party with a misleading name in April have the same chance of being at the top of the paper as a real party people have heard of.

I’d suggest the solution is that the ballot is in order of who got the most votes last time. No more “Liberal Democrats” getting ahead of the Liberal Party, or the “Labour DLP” being ahead of the ALP. No more trading on confusion.

Anyway, that won’t happen, so here we are. What to do?

And here is a link to a ranking engine used by boardgame geeks to rank their boardgame collections:

It can be used for ranking any list. Like, say, a list of candidates for the Senate in Victoria.

And here is a text list of all the candidates on the Victorian Senate ballot for 2019. If you copy and paste it into the ranking engine, it will pull up two parties at a time and ask you to pick the one you’d prefer if it came down to the two of them at the end. One of them was going to get that last senate seat. It’s down to you. Which is the least bad option? Which would you prefer to see lose? I would suggest ranking candidates and parties that are unclear about what they stand for just above the ones that are outright bad (the LNP) and those ones above the ones that are outright evil (PHON), and the single issue parties where you don’t know how they’d vote on anything other than that issue just above those. Then the ok parties (the ALP) above them and the good parties (the Greens) at the top.

At the end it will generate a list in order of your preferences as you’ve expressed them. Hopefully that’s helpful.

The list:


B Republican Party of Australia

C Socialist Equality Party

D The Small Business Party

E Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

F United Australia Party

G Shooters, Fishers and Farmers

H Climate Action! Immigration Action! Accountable Politicians! (formerly Senator Online)

I Derryn Hinch's Justice Party

J Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party

K Citizens Electoral Council

L Australian Democrats

M Independents for Climate Action Now

N Liberal Democrats

O Secular Party of Australia

P Labour DLP

Q Pauline Hanson's One Nation

R Pirate Party

S Upgrade Democracy

T Australian Workers Party

U Animal Justice Party

V The Greens (VIC)

W Rise Up Australia Party

X Australian Labor Party

Y Sustainable Australia

Z Sunny Chandra & Robert Whitehill

AA Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party

AB Australian Conservatives

AC The Great Australian Party

AD Health Australia Party

AE Yellow Vest Australia

Ungrouped Independents

Episode 89 - Think of the Grandparents (feat Brandon Selic and Denise Pirko)

00:02:15 WinX captures the shameless bullshit of Scummo's redefinition of "a fair go"

00:05:07 Scummo's why work if you pay tax

00:07:50 Scummo's warning against adequate wages

00:26:12 dOnAtInG to Notre Dame

00:31:33 Frydenberg still screaming about his fictional "retiree tax"

00:41:17 Scummo's mob telling dumb lies about electric vehicles and "taking tradies utes"

00:46:16 Vanstone's generational war THINK OF HOW EASY YOUR GRANDPARENTS HAD IT WITH THEIR AFFORDABLE HOUSES AND JOB SECURITY and how much she hated having to provide social security to poor people when social security minister

00:54:18 Won't anyone think of the conservators? Chris Kenny beclowns himself again

00:58:59 Scummo presents parliament with his impression of some recent character work from a Mr Baron Cohen, a not at all racist caricature of what was until very recently the only nation that could launch a person into space, Kazakhstan

01:00:40 Scummo bu shi hen hao at all

Episode 88 - Once Was Safety Net (feat Lyndsey Jackson and Ella Buckland)

As the 2019 election campaign becomes official, Lyndsey (from EFA and the #notmydebt campaign) and Ella (prominent campaigner against the cruelty that is ParentsNext) and Jeremy have a wide-ranging discussion about where things sit with RoboDebt, ParentsNext, the NDIS and the social security safety net in general, and what we can hope for depending on the makeup of the next parliament. Some cats also participate.

(This was our first three-person episode, so there are some technical issues we've got ideas for addressing in the next one.)