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Greens to introduce bill to strengthen democracy and end secret party deals on Senate preferences

Media Release
Bob Brown 12 May 2008

A bill to end Senate preference deals by parties will be introduced into the Senate tomorrow by Australian Greens leader Bob Brown.
The Commonwealth Electoral (Above-the-Line Voting) Amendment Bill 2008 will allow voters to order parties by preference above-the-line in the Senate. At present voters wanting their own choice face the complex job of preferencing individual candidates, rather than parties, below-the-line. With this bill, voters will have the option of numbering the parties above the line in their order of choice, giving them control over the flow of preferences.
 
"This bill will strengthen our democracy by ensuring that all voters can choose their own line up of parties, rather than being locked into choices made in back room preference deals between parties. It empowers voters over parties," Senator Brown said.
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