Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Voting above Line Leaves You Blind

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Voting above Line Leaves You Blind

Article excerpt

BACK in 1980s Sydney, maybe today as well, it was all the go for those of limited income and the desire for a restaurant meal to head down to No Names in Darlinghurst.

The menu was limited Italian, cheap and tasty, with a tendency towards raucous. Line up, get whisked to a still-warm seat, a new paper tablecloth, tumblers for wine glasses, free red cordial, cutlery dumped like pick-up-sticks and "Watchyawant?"

On September 7 many will have flashbacks as we ponder the Senate ballot paper, the table cloth. At 1m wide and with 45 columns, finding your candidates or parties is just the start.

Where your vote ends up can be impossible to find out.

At a Page meet the candidates, a number of candidates had no idea where their party's Senate preferences were going.

This is a bad state of affairs for a democracy.

It's a bad state of affairs because the Senate is powerful. It is a place of review and for reworking of proposed legislation. …

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