Changes to the way Australians vote for the Senate are likely after none of Tony Abbott’s daughters were elected to the Upper House.
Due to a series of complex preference deals, members of “micro parties” such as the Motoring Enthusiasts Party and the Australian Sports Party will be elected with less than 1% of the vote. Meanwhile, the hugely popular daughters of Tony Abbott are likely to miss out.
ABC election analyst, Antony Green, said that he had warned the Australian Electoral Commission of the problem prior to the Federal election.
“I’ve been saying for years that the current system is flawed and that voters don’t understand it. This election, more than a quarter of Senate ballot papers were marked with comments about hot the Abbott daughters were. If the system worked properly, that should have been enough to ensure two full quotas and have Frances and Bridget Abbott elected to the House.”
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refrained from commenting on Senate reform until the final results are known. However, he said that he hoped that the Senate would respect his mandate as much as his daughters have over the course of the election campaign.
A spokesman for the micro parties said that they were happy with the current system, whatever it was, and that they were looking forward to being Senators next year, whatever that meant.