11.06.20. It all started several weeks ago when the sitting Labor Mike Kelly suddenly bailed out for an offer he couldn’t refuse, using the usual health issue so convenient among politicians theses days. Then came the spat with John Barilaro, Andrew Constance and the village idiot deputy Dawg McCormack. All three stood down from the challenge in a public discourse of confusing rancour. And now, gold must have been discovered in them thar hills and 14 of ’em are in the rush! Bad luck for the Liberal Party newbie, Fiona Kotvojs, who drew last place on the ballot paper. A bit of a leg-up for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party candidate, Matthew Stadtmiller who snagged number one on the ballot paper, with Labor’s Kristy McBain in eighth position. ABC election analyst Antony Green said it was a large field of candidates for a by-election.
Mr Green said it helped to be at the top of the ballot paper in order to receive the donkey vote, which could add around 0.5 per cent to a candidate’s tally.
But he said he did not expect the order of the ballot paper to make a big impact because it followed the same order as the ballot paper at the 2019 federal election.
“Because the two main candidates are in the same relative order as the general election, it’s a pretty neutral ballot draw,” Mr Green said.
All eyes will be on where the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers preferences sends its preferences, with the receiving party potentially able to benefit from the number one ballot draw.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party candidate Matthew Stadtmiller said the party has not released any details yet about where it will direct its preferences.
“But we are suggesting people ‘vote away’ from the Coalition, after the poor showing they’ve had on bushfires, the mixed messaging on COVID-19 and the poor funding that’s gone into the drought,” he said.
“It’s always good to end up with the number one position but I don’t think it will make a huge difference,” he said.
The Australian Electoral Commission said 114,244 people were enrolled to vote in the July 4 poll, with early voting starting on Monday.
The Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party has drawn number one on the ballot paper.(Supplied: Australian Electoral Commission)
The order of the ballot paper:
. 1. Matthew Stadtmiller — Shooters Fishers and Farmers
. 2. James Jansson — Science Party
. 3. Michael Balderstone — Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party
. 4. James Holgate — Independent
. 5. Trevor Hicks — Nationals
. 6. Dean McCrae — Liberal Democrats
. 7. Joy Angel — Sustainable Australia Party
. 8. Kristy McBain — Labor
. 9. Riccardo Bosi — Independent
. 10. Karen Porter — Independent
. 11. Cathy Griff — Greens
. 12. Narelle Storey — Christian Democratic Party
. 13. Jason Potter — Australian Federation Party
. 14. Fiona Kotvojs — Liberal Party