CHRISTOPHER MARK COCHRANE - TRUE INDEPENDENT SENATE CANDIDATE FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA


Are you concerned that your vote may be wasted this election??

 or

That someone you don’t want to represent you or this state gets in via the flow of your vote??


Read the below facts that will explain how it works in a easy to understand way;



How to vote – Senate White Ballot ticket explained (the facts and new changes): 

Above the line Voting:

Above the line voting is for the Political Party’s only and those who have joined together in a group ticket.

To vote for TRUE INDEPENDENTS voting below the line is the only way to do this.

If you vote above the line, you must number at least six boxes from 1 to 6, or more if you wish.

Place 1 in the box above the party or group that is your first choice, the number 2 in the box above the party or group that is your second choice, and so on.
 










Please remember the following facts :

That if voting above the line, when you number a box you will be voting for all the candidates listed below the line for that party even the ones you don’t like or trust as your voting for the party not the individual candidates when voting above the line.



Below the line Voting:

If you vote below the line you will be voting for the candidates that you want your vote to go to or end up with, it’s important to remember that you must number at least 12 boxes from 1 to 12.

Place a 1 in the box beside the candidate that is your first choice and the numbers 2, 3, 4 and so on until you have numbered at least 12 candidates.  

You can continue to place numbers in the order of your choice in as many boxes below the line as you like until you stop at the candidates that you wish that your vote flows too until it is exhausted.  















Please remember the following facts:

That if voting below the line, that this is the best way to maintain where your vote ends up.

Political Party’s both major and minor will not encourage you to vote below the line as it takes the control of where your vote will end up and they want to get as many of their candidates in as it gives the Party’s more power in the Senate.

Voting above the line its important to remember that your vote could end up with a candidate that you may not of wanted it to end up with and could be the difference in that candidate getting elected to the Senate. 


Numbering 1 box only – Do not vote this way!

The previous system of voting allowed for simply numbering only 1 box above the line.

The new system doesn’t currently accommodate this method of voting; however the Prime Minister has stated that – because people have only numbered one box above the line in the past the government realises that this will most likely occur again this election resulting in a possible huge informal count or possible ballot tampering by people who might see a possible chance to create extra votes for those they want to see in power.

Therefore he has said that this vote will still count; however it was inferred that it will only count as 1 vote for the party’s lead candidate resulting in creating an election nightmare and your true power of your vote not being taken in to consideration.







How will this new system work – What is the current Government trying to achieve by this new system?

Typically the Minor Parties’ have been very vocal in regard to the new system; as they have been informing their members that under the new system that voters will not be able to leave it to the party that they had placed trust in preference flow in the old system, this has taken aware their ability to give their number 1 vote above the line vote the ability to choose the most effective way of voting for the benefit of that party.

The onus is now on the voter to do their homework on finding out the Candidates that support their primary party or views they have in common in regards to policies and voting preferences.

This could be difficult for most voters but to make it easier I have put links up to social networks that will be able to make this task easier via my Campaign the POWER of YOUR VOTE.

The Pro's and Con's to the new system the facts:


  • One argument that the Minor Parties’ are putting out to misinform and scare the voting public is that the risk in regard to the new system is that an individual may think that in order to be a responsible voter, they have to put one of the major parties in their list of parties or candidates they choose, either above the line or below the line.

The above statement is partly right from a point of view from those who use to make backroom deals to control where your vote ended up, this factor must be taken in to consideration as the old system and the deals that have came to surface since the 2013 Federal Election is a main reason why this new system was put in place to stop questionable activities from happening. 


  • Another Argument that Minor Parties are putting forward is that their (voters) votes could very well end up going to one of the major parties if their candidate does not obtain enough votes to qualify for the senate,

Once again the above statement is partly right from a point of view from those who use to make backroom deals to control where your vote ended up, the fact that also must be taken in to consideration under the old system that this was the case too the only difference is the voting public has more control where their vote ends up.


  • Their biggest fear creating statement that is circulating at the moment is that the new system will cause the bigger parties to become even bigger and the smaller parties lesser which will mean minor parties will have virtually no chance of obtaining a seat in the Senate.

Like the other arguments that have been created through fear campaigns from the minor parties and other hidden agenda political players the above statement is partly right from a point of view once more from those who use to make backroom deals to control where your vote ended up, one must ask the following why would they do this?

Well one reason its a proven fact that also must be taken in to consideration under the old system that this was the case too the only difference is once again the voting public has more control where their vote ends up and with a proper approach in learning more about the way the new system can work if used properly it can elect and create better Candidates that will improve the way the Senate works.


 It is important to remember like the minor Parties the Government‘s aim is to gain control of the senate (the ‘watchdog’ for the people), this may seem a good thing, as bills are likely to be passed without delay, sadly thou another factor in regard to the truth is that a Senate made up like this means that you, the voter will have no or very little say anymore because there is no representation for the general public and their rights to be put forward because the Senate will be made up by Political Parties who will act according to what their membership base including their Campaign Donors want, resulting in any other view other than the political party lines of those in power not being taken in to consideration.

If this is allowed to happen in reality what will happen is, you will have your say by helping to elect a government that will make all your decisions for you with no effective oversight – you will have lost your democratic right to keep the government accountable, and to say, NO!


The Turnbull LNP Government says they can’t govern effectively when the Senate is blocked!

What does this mean???

The Turnbull Government is currently trying to maintain their monopoly of power.

They are trying to pass bills that the Senate has said NO to.

The Senate has blocked the bills because it believes the bills are not in the best interest of the Australian people.

ASK YOURSELVES THIS IMPORTANT QUESTION IS THIS NOT THE REASON THAT WE HAVE A SENATE? 

So if the governing power wants to pass their bill/s and govern they should re write the schedule to what will be acceptable to the Senate or just drop the bill altogether and accept the higher authority’s decision.   

This would be true accountable governing according to our democratic system of government.


Why do we need minor parties  and TRUE INDEPENDENTS in the senate – What power do they have?

Currently in Australia we have an Upper House (Senate) that is made up of the 2 major parties, some minor parties and Independents.

If ran in a proper way this equates to a balance of power who should vote according to what they believe is good for the nation rather than a particular Party’s agenda but sadly sometimes this does not happen as Party Politics takes over and the good of the nation takes second place.

 It's a fact that without the small Parties and Independents we would have the Major Parties introducing legislation at will, according to their particular take on issues, i.e. – matters of social conscience, the environment, multicultural issues, religious issues, etc.

It is only when we have a reasonable number of small parties and independents that we have a more diverse selection of the community in government and a greater representation for the people.

Therefore through minor Party's and Independents the people have a greater say in the running of the country.
 
You will not be wasting your vote by voting for minor parties and Independents in the Senate!

In this new Senate system of voting, (unlike the old system) when voting for a minor party or Independent you are actually subtracting a vote from the major parties who currently out number those who often drive a fairer system in what passes in the Upper House (the Senate).  

In previous elections the preferential voting was designed in such a way that in most circumstances, the minor party’s vote eventually made its way to a major party if their party’s candidate  did not obtain enough votes to qualify for a senate seat, in his or her State(1)


Also in the past, a major party could easily direct or steer votes away from a particular party they did not want to be in the Senate, by preferencing a ‘low risk’ party before a party they did not want in.

Sometimes it backfired, as with the Liberals preferencing the Motorist Enthusiast Party too high ‘up the ladder’ in 2013; with the help of other party preferences they obtained a Senate seat.

In 2016 you, the Voter actually have more power if you know how to make your vote count.

 it's important to remember the following when casting your vote in the Senate:

  • You do not have to preference the Candidate you don’t like, last – you do not have to preference them at all if you vote Below the Line. In this way there is no chance they will end up with your vote.

  •  You do not have to vote for a major party at all. This will allow minor parties a greater chance of getting into the Senate. This is what you want if you want more say in what bills get passed. Remember the Senates’ job is to make sure the bills being passed are in the best interest of the Australian people.

Please note:  It is the lower house, the House of Representatives, not the Senate, that has the elected Prime Minister; it is the Lower House that creates most bills, passes them and sends them to the Senate to obtain their approval.

The bills then become Laws, Acts, etc., if and when the Senate approves them.

What's the best way to protect your vote in regards to the Senate this Election?

Voting 1-12 or more Below the Line to insure your vote goes where you wish it to and to ensure that it doesn't end up with a Candidate that you may not want to see Elected to the Senate.


The above summarised:

Most people think that in order not to waste their vote that they have to vote above the line and include  Labor, LNP or just above the line Political Party's in their preferencing.

In the old system this was correct as you had to include all Candidates in you voting preferences if you were voting below the line or allowing the Above the Line Political Party's and Grouped Ticket Candidates to pick where your vote flowed to in Group Voting Tickets of their choice , which meant that if a significant number of votes went to a small party through preferences they may have a chance to pick up a seat.

Likewise if that small party did not get enough votes to obtain a seat through their preferences, directly or indirectly their preferencing system would contribute to their votes being passed on to one of the major parties.

The new Senate voting again is quite tricky if not used properly, which minor Party's believe has been deliberately set up that way as to stop minor parties from having representatives in the Senate.

Some believe that only by having minor parties in the senate do the public truly have a say through them well this is partly right but as history has shown n various Democracy's both here and around the Globe that TRUE INDEPENDENTS who act in their States Best Interest first with in the Best Interest of Australia as a whole can and do make a positive difference.

Currently what is happening now is that one of the major parties rule the senate- so in effect what we are doing now is; having our say by helping to vote in a major party who will make all our decisions for us and will not be put under scrutiny through a proper checks and balances format which after all is the real job of the Senate its the house of REVUE where every new law introduced in Government should be checked and questioned in regard wither its in the best interest of the people but more importantly Australia as a whole.

Senate Voting:

 If you vote above the line you must number 6 boxes or more; you are asked to number at least 6.

In choosing this option you will be selecting entire political parties and their candidates named below the line in the party boxes not TRUE INDEPENDENT'S who often represent the people not those who are behind closed doors with in their Party Ranks or worst their often hidden from public records Campaign donors who often donate massive amounts of money to their Campaign funds (lets be honest people don't just give money for nothing out of the kindness of their hearts in politics).

If you only select one box (being for one party or grouped ticket) as once was the requirement, Mr Turnbull has said your vote will not be wasted, but will only count for the top candidate, (implied) not the whole party as was previously.

If you choose to vote below the line you may number at least 12 boxes which will relate to 12 individual candidates or more, similar to the old system; however you do not need to number all the boxes and you only have to number consecutively the people you choose. There is no need to preference even last, those that you do not want at all; in this way there is no chance that somehow your vote will find its way to them.

With this new system Political Party's will not be able to preference as they did in the past; it is up to the individual to choose.

As Candidates all we can do is advise you who we would like you to preference and those Candidates that would best uphold our values. Candidates and Political Party's can still give out how to vote cards at polling booths but it will mainly affect the Lower House.

In the Senate we can list the Candidates that are aligned with us and our preference.

But now the onus is on you to do your preferencing.

Whatever you decide, don’t just select one box above the line, as then your vote will cancel out if that particular candidate does not get enough votes to qualify.

Remember the choice is yours and the POWER of YOUR VOTE rests with you and after all in a true DEMOCRACY this should be the way. On my Campaign Page there is a Campaign called the POWER of YOUR VOTE and unbiased whose who in both your electorate and who is who in the Senate  with up to date information on ALL CANDIDATES not just those who MAINSTREAM MEDIA and other HIDDEN AGENDA GROUPS feel like promoting as often is the case as history has shown.




Remember that the Candidates that are running in the 2016 Federal Election are APPLYING FOR A JOB to represent you so make sure you find out where the Candidates stand on Issues that are important to you as after all if Elected they will be PUBLIC SERVANTS who are employed to represent YOU not any POLTICAL PARTY'S or OTHER HIDDEN VESTED INTERESTS.............. 

For your further information

(1) The single transferable vote (STV) is a voting system designed to achieve proportional representation through ranked voting in multi-seat constituencies (voting districts).

 Under STV, an elector (voter) has a single vote that is initially allocated to their most preferred candidate and, as the count proceeds and candidates are either elected or eliminated, is transferred to other candidates according to the voter’s stated preferences, in proportion to any surplus or discarded votes.

The exact method of reapportioning votes can vary (see Counting methods).

The system provides approximately proportional representation, enables votes to be cast for individual candidates rather than for parties, and minimizes “wasted” votes (votes on sure losers or sure winners) by transferring them to other candidates.

There are a total of 76 senators; 12 senators are elected from each state, regardless of population.

Each of the two autonomous internal territories (the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory) have two senators.

Senators are popularly elected under a single transferable vote system of proportional representation.

Unlike upper houses in most Westminster parliamentary systems, the Senate is vested with significant power, including the capacity to block legislation initiated by the government in the House of Representatives.Senators normally serve fixed six-year terms, unless the Senate is dissolved earlier in a double dissolution.

Following a double dissolution half the state senators serve only three-year terms.

The term of the territory senators expires at the same time as there is an election for the House of Representatives.

The former Parliament was elected at the 2013 election, and is the 44 Federal Parliament since Federation.

The six-year term of the 36 state senators who were elected at 7 September 2013 election commenced on 1 July 2014.

In the 44th Federal Government the Senate was made up by the majority of, the Liberal/National Coalition government which held 33 seats and the Australian Labor Party opposition had 25 seats.

The 44th Federal Government also consisted of the following:  crossbench of 18 consists of ten Greens seats, as well as one seat each for the Palmer United Party, the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Family First Party, and four independentsNick XenophonJohn MadiganJacqui Lambie and Glenn Lazarus.

The Coalition in the 44th Federal Government required votes of at least six non-government (Liberal coalition) Senators to pass legislation.

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