Last Tuesday the Wikileaks party preferences committee decided to preference ALL very smaller progressive micro parties ahead of the Greens, Labor and Liberals. Then to put the Greens ahead of Labor and Liberals. And to put right-wing small parties last... It was semi clever decision led by the leading candidate Gerry Georgatos. His logic was right, except for putting the Greens ahead of the Labor.
The right logic is this: micro parties like Wikileaks party needs to exchange preferences with other micro parties who suppose to share some values and politics. These micro parteis include: The Democrats, Secular party, Animal Justice, Sex party, HEMP, Socialists.... By swapping preferences with micro parties who might get less primary votes than your party, this will boost your chances of reaching the quota to win senate seat. This is the logic that saw Sports party won a seat (in original count) only on less than 3,000 primary votes, by climbing on other micro parties preference votes.
So Gerry’s logic was partially right. The only wrong in that logic was to put the Greens ahead of Labor. While politically Labor and Greens are very similar in politics and were allies for years, the Labor has better deal to WLP. The Labor will most likely get primary to win more than 2 seats. So they will have some surplus to distribute to the WLP as preferences. While the Greens had never won on their own a seat in the state. So they will always need some preferences from smaller parties to climb on these votes to win one senate seat.
The WLP decision to preference the Greens ahead of all micro parties is suicidal for WLP and will most likely kill any hope for WLP candidates to win any seat in the senate. Without preferences from smaller micro parties the WLP candidates will most likely be the first micro parties to be eliminated in very early stages.
So what happened and why the WLP changed recommendations from the subcommittee on preferences and decided to put the Greens very high (the highest) on its preferences? Was this the real reason why the original and experienced candidate Gerry quit from the ticket and leaves the campaign early? And what did the WLP get from the Greens in return for this help?
Every Australian should ask questions to both WLP and the Greens to come clean on the secret dirty deals done. And I think it is time for Australians to demand the end of preferential voting system. Such system that encourage dirty deals that mount to corruption and fraud.