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The Sex Party preferenced the Greens ahead of Labor and Labour ahead of Katter's Australia Party, Palmer United Party, the Coalition, Family First and Christian Democrats last, so on their major & 3rd party preferences, if they are neoliberal its no more than "common knowledge" neoliberal.

Under the 10% of a quota cut, they would have been relegated (0.0702), and of their five minor party and micro-party preference swaps, the Democrats (1), Wikileaks (3), One Nation (4), Shooters and Fishers (5) would have been eliminated, so their primary vote would have flowed to the Liberal Democrats.

So it comes down to whether they were a more progressive sounding stalking horse for the Liberal Democrats, or whether that was a preference deal reached without realizing the LDP would pull as a high fractional quota. You should only do a tactical high order preference deal with a substantially bigger party if they are big enough to possibly have a full quota and see their overflow coming your way.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Sep 9th, 2013 at 07:56:59 AM EST
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