THE three major parties have placed Fraser Anning’s Conservative Party Gippsland candidate Neville Tickner last on their how-to-vote cards.
Greens candidate Deb Foskey said Fraser Anning’s performance as a senator had been marred by “racist comments he has made both in the Senate and outside it” and this and his “violent response” to ‘egg boy’s’ actions made the Greens’ last preference clear.
“Due, in particular, to their leader’s recent behaviour after the Christchurch bombing, we are putting the Fraser Anning Party’s candidate last,” she confirmed.
Nationals incumbent Darren Chester said he decided to place the Fraser Anning Party last on his how-to-vote card because of the senator’s “deeply offensive and divisive comments on a range of issues,” including the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack.
“I always place the Greens low on my preference list because of the economic damage their policies would do to our region,” he added.
“The Greens are opposed to jobs in all our traditional industries and their direct influence on Labor Party policies has led to cuts in the local power industry and timber sector.”
Mr Chester said it was important to note Gippslanders could allocate their preferences in whichever order they liked, and the how-to-vote cards were only a guide provided by each candidate.
“Naturally, I’m aiming to finish among the top two candidates, which means my preferences will not be allocated,” he said.
Mr Chester has placed the United Australia Party’s Kerri Brewer as number two on his card followed by Shooters Fishers and Farmers candidate David Snelling, independent Sonia Buckley, Labor’s Antoinette Holm, Greens’ Deb Foskey and Fraser Anning’s Conservative Party’s Neville Tickner.
Labor’s Antoinette Holm has placed the Greens second, Shooters Fishers and Farmers third, the United Australia Party fourth, independent Sonia Buckley fifth, the Nationals sixth and Fraser Anning’s Conservative Party last.
The Greens’ Deb Foskey has placed Labor second, Ms Buckley third, The Nationals fourth, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers fifth, the United Australia Party sixth and Fraser Anning’s Conservative Party last.