Voting for Accountability in the Upper House

Please also ensure that your vote for the Legislative Council vote supports upper house members committed to strong oversight, ethical government and accountability.

If any party controls both Houses or is able to do deals behind closed doors, the Government can do what it likes without challenge. I am concerned that preference deals could deliver the balance of power to candidates such as the Fred Nile Group, Shooters Party or Pauline Hanson.

John Hatton (Group C) and Arthur Chesterfield-Evans (Group L) are two Legislative Council candidates that support progressive city concerns and have worked effectively with me in the past.

I worked with John Hatton between 1988 and 1995, particularly when we held the balance of power with Peter MacDonald (1991-1995). We developed a Charter for Reform that strengthened government openness and accountability.

I've also worked with Arthur Chesterfield-Evans and found him to be honest, dedicated and hard-working. Arthur supported many of the Bills that I introduced into the Legislative Assembly and sponsored them in the Legislative Council.

The rules for Legislative Council voting enable you to vote for John (John Hatton Independent Team) and Arthur (Australian Democrats) in order of your preference by voting either above or below the line on the Legislative Council ballot paper.

  • Above the line: While you can number just one box, I encourage you to also number other groups in order of your preference—1, 2, 3 and so on. If your first choice is not elected, this gives you a say through your second, third and other choices.

  • Below the line: You must number at least 15 squares, in order of your preference, 1 to 15. Your choices can be made from any candidates on the ballot paper - they don't have to be in the same group. You may also number more than 15 squares.


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