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Shock A.C.T. Senate polling results

Secret polling by the A.C.T. Liberals shows that their A.C.T. Senator, Zed Sezelja, could lose his safe Senate seat.

The A.C.T. has two Senate seats. The quota for election is thus 33.3%, a quota the Liberals have achieved each election either in their own right or with preference flows.

The new polling shows that the threat to the Liberals, and indeed to the Greens and Labor, comes from well known Canberra socialist John Passant. Mr Passant has 16% of the vote, just ahead of the Greens on 15%. Labor’s Katy Gallagher is comfortably ahead on 37%, a result which guarantees her a Senate seat but not enough excess votes to see her running mate secure the second seat on Gallagher’s preferences alone.

Senator Zeselja is on 25% in the poll.

The poll also asked voters who they would direct their preferences to. Mr Passant received 70% of Greens preferences and 50% of Labor preferences, leaving him on the cusp of a quota.

Mr Passant said that he was not surprised by the level of support. ‘There is deep working class anger with austerity and neoliberalism,’ he said. Mr Passant added that his policies, for example of taxing the rich to pay for free education and health care, resonate with ordinary working people. ‘I anticipate as more people learn about my socialist policies the more votes I will get,’ he said.

Mr Passant said that many people were tried of the old politics as usual of the major parties and the Greens.

‘The important thing is not the vote or whether I get elected but the movements for change of ordinary people that we can strengthen and build,’ he said.

Neither Senator Zeselja nor Senator Gallagher were available for comment.

(c) John Passant 1 April 2016

Separate polling by the Kambah Institute for Scientific Socialism (KISS) supports this high vote for John.




Comment from Lawrence
Time April 1, 2016 at 9:02 am

Good Luck in the election.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time April 1, 2016 at 3:17 pm

Clearly Malcolm will soon “turn” the “bull” over to Labor. I’m sure the global umpire blew the whistle on the Coalition in the third week of February.

The duopoly’s plan for Education is to make the parents pay fees directly to privatised schools. The establishment of Independent schools was a precursor to this.

Malcolm knows what his job is: to pass the ball to Labor, and to make the voters angry is his primary objective.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time April 1, 2016 at 3:18 pm

When the economy is going to the outhouse and no one trusts most of those sharing the seat of power, a large chunk of the vote will pass to minor parties and independents, despite the push to wipe them out.

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