WA SENATE BY-ELECTION April 7, 2014Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
This election was always going to produce unusual results in detail, although it does not seem to have changed the post-July Senate. There are remaining 31.28% of first preference votes to count on the latest figures from the AEC.
How often have the Greens ever being as successful in a Senate, or any election, by attracting 15.88% of first preferences? The Liberal result only looks good in comparison to the ALP. PUP is the standout success. Could this be due to the advertising blitz? Whatever, has happened to the Country Party (The Nationals)?
When the “established party vote”, including the Greens and Nationals, is added together, 25.55% of first preferences have gone to other parties, principally PUP with 12.49%. I am not sure the significance of this electoral behavior. Is it due to the voting system, or is there something else going on?
It is not as though the ALP did not have a case to put to voters. The member for Perth, Alannah MacTierman puts the argument in an empty House of Representatives:
Who gets elected is, I suppose, important, but what can be more interesting and requires more scrutiny is what is going on within the society.