Tuesday, July 05, 2016

2016 Federal election results: how our campaign impacted the voting!!

Our participation in this federal election was felt at all levels. We achieved this by spending only $500 budget which we used mainly for limited Facebook promotions. I will discuss in a separate article how we were able to be so effective with a small budget whilst enduring very high hostilities from all political parties.

With our campaign slogan “Vote For None”, we asked residents not to vote for any party.

Our campaign, based mainly in NSW, was through our social media pages and accounts. We achieved the following results:

NSW recorded the highest informal vote nationally. Further, the informal votes in NSW were double than all the other states and territories, for the exception of NT. All states recorded between 2.5% - 3.2%, except NSW which recorded more than 6%.
We focused our campaign in South-Western seats where Labor had allied with Wahhabi extremists in a bid to win Muslim votes. In these seats, the informal votes were double or triple than other seats in the state. The average informal vote in the state was %6, but in the South-Western seats (Blaxland, Watson, Macmahon, Lindsay, Weriwa....), the informal votes were on average around %12.
Some think there was a swing towards Labor in the South-Western seats, but this was far from reality. The reason for this “swing illusion” was the re-distributions of seats, where more Labor voters were added. In reality Labor received less votes than in previous elections.
The Greens party achieved a very disappointing result in general. But in NSW the disappointment doubled. The Greens received on average around 11% in all states, except in NSW where they received around 7.5%.
The NSW Greens were lucky it was a double dissolution election, which enabled their candidate in NSW to hold on to her seat. The NSW Greens were once the strongest Greens party outside Tasmania.
The NSW Greens were the first Greens party to win a federal seat, outside Tasmania in 2001. Instead at present and after we started our campaign against the NSW Greens, it performed the worst among all Greens in Australia. The other exceptional results for the Greens was in SA, where Nick Xenophon did very good
Liberals did not benefit from our campaign against Labor and Greens’ alliance with extremists, since we advocated voters not to vote for Liberals because of their regressive and destructive policies.

Labor, Liberals and Greens are declaring victories.

Labor for achieving a small swing, ignoring the fact they ran a campaign against one of the least popular government in this country’s history.

Liberals are celebrating not losing the election.

Greens are celebrating for unknown reasons.

Informal voting, refusal to vote and voting for independents or other minor parties increased to a new record. The informal and no voting combined, accounted to more than 12%. Voting for “Others” was as high as 18%.
Despite this result, none of the major parties are ready to admit this reality.

We will continue to advocate people not to vote for any of the troika Labor-Liberals-Greens in the lead up of the Local governments election this coming September. We are very confident that more concrete results will be achieved in this coming election.

It seems that we will have new Federal election after the minority government will struggle to achieve any outcome.

The biggest message to major parties should be “your alliance with Wahhabi extremist groups will not help you win any vote, as they enjoy no big support among Muslim Voters.”

This alliance is and was a liability that will haunt the major parties for a long time.