In the battle for a senate seat there are some interesting alliances being done in an effort to get one of the minor parties a senate spot. The main effort seems to deny the Greens and The Democrats but especially the Greens, any preferences thus harming their chances.
Hence for parties like Family First and Fred Nile’s Christian Democratic Party, they intend to place most minor parties above the majors. Hopefully this will lead to someone other than The Greens taking a seat. For Family First, their effort to counter a vote against the Greens means they have preferenced Pauline Hanson above the Greens. But as the aim is to prevent The Greens
from destroying families holding the balance of power, it is an understandable application of family values.
Of course in this fight for the senate spot, tempers can fray. Fred Nile is not happy with Family First. The issue is that Family First has placed the Liberty and Democracy Party above the major parties in New South Wales. Heaven forbid! Nile unleashed a salvo against Family First which ended up in his backyard as the CDP has also preferenced the LDP above the major parties.
Family First rationale their choice as they do not want LDP preferences to go to The Greens. The CDP claim that Family First is “compromising their Christianity.” The winner in all this holier than thou bickering over preferences? You’ll have to wait to November 24th.
Though Ian Bryce, the Atheist Party candidate, should get a chuckle out of this. The CDP have placed him above the Family First candidate.