Liberty! Democracy! Parachutes!

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“Parachuting” – it’s what members of local branches of the major parties bitch about when they find themselves saddled with a candidate who they’ve never met. Someone whose last job was as a staffer to a party big-wig. But minor parties do it too.

A quick check of the House of Reps candidates list (downloaded from the Australian Electoral Commission web-site), turned up no fewer than 19 minor party parachutists – 15 of them from the LDP. Victoria scores 5 of those, all with contact addresses in Queensland.

The other 4 parachutists? One Independent and one candidate each from the Australian Democrats, the Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) and the Socialist Equity Party. No, never heard of that last lot before either.

Postscript: Andrew Elder also has a bit of trouble taking the LDP seriously as a political force.

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4 comments on “Liberty! Democracy! Parachutes!
  1. Liam Hogan says:

    What?
    I presume you’re working off this CSV spreadsheet, Gummo.
    The entries for the Victorian LDP candidates living in QLD list their occupations as students. Crazily enough, students are known to reside for large periods of time away from their enrolled addresses, which aren’t listed on the spreadsheet. You can’t contest an election for a division you’re not enrolled in: it’s not ‘parachuting’, whatever that is, it’s against the law. You can’t live in a postbox, either.
    “Parachuting” is generally understood as the act of centrally deciding on a candidate against the wishes of the local branch. As the LDP doesn’t have enough members for branches and likely never will, they can hardly have branch-head office preselection wrangles.
    I don’t like the LDP much either, but surely the issue doesn’t deserve to be photoshopped.

  2. mbahnisch says:

    You can’t contest an election for a division you’re not enrolled in: it’s not ‘parachuting’, whatever that is, it’s against the law

    Really, Liam? Howard’s in trouble then. He doesn’t live in Bennelong.

    I can’t see how that can be right. Otherwise, why would there ever be a controversy about pollies “living outside their electorate”? Or are they all rorting their enrolments?

  3. Liam Hogan says:

    Yes, Mark, you’re right—I’m thinking of local government elections.

  4. gummotrotsky says:

    don’t like the LDP much either, but surely the issue doesn’t deserve to be photoshopped.

    At the nitpicking level, it wasn’t “photoshopped”, it was GIMPed. More seriously, until the LP-Collective elects an official cultural commissar with the authority to decide which subjects are worthy of graphic treatment and which aren’t, I’ll produce such images as I see fit. Whether and where I publish them is another matter.

    Oh bugger this. Time to close this comments thread and call it a hiatus again.

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