Independents

Independents are not bound by party rules. Since they are free to vote on the merits of a cause they have the potential to make a real contribution to climate action. We are individually assessing them all. If you have any information which will help us in this task please contact us using the contact form. Once assessed Independent candidates will fall into one of these three categories: GREEN: Any independent candidate with a green light has been assessed as absolutely committed to real action on climate. We will advise to number them first on your ballot paper before the orange or red candidates. ORANGE: Any independent candidate with an orange light has been assessed as having some commitment to action on climate but with some question marks. If they are an incumbent for instance, their voting record on climate action may have been mixed. Single issue independents may be assessed as orange because they run the risk putting their single issue ahead of climate for pragmatic reasons. We will advise to number them before the red candidates and after the green candidates. RED: We have identified red light Red light independents as a dangerous choice if Australians want real action on the climate emergency.They may be former members of a red light party. They may have ignored our efforts to assess them. They may have nominated so late in the process that effective assessment was impossible. We will advise to number these candidates last on your ballot paper.

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Non Affiliated Candidate Groups

Some groups of candidates have been allowed list themselves as non-party groups. This enables them to have a group voting box above the line in the Senate despite not being a registered political party. Previously such candidates were included as in an “Ungrouped” category at the end of the ballot paper. They were only listed “Below the Line” which is a disadvantaged position. Using this new format was not possible for all groups of candidates. A notable example was the “Voices” group which could have benefitted from having a position above the line in the Senate.

We are currently assessing the candidates. Traffic light advice will be given on a group basis.

Watch this space for more information on this new development.

Views expressed in this post are those of its author(s), not necessarily all Vote Climate One members.

Independent

Independents are not bound by party rules. Since they are free to vote on the merits of a cause they have the potential to make a real contribution to climate action. We are individually assessing them all. If you have any information which will help us in this task please contact us using the contact form. Once assessed Independent candidates will fall into one of these three categories: GREEN: Any independent candidate with a green light has been assessed as absolutely committed to real action on climate. We will advise to number them first on your ballot paper before the orange or red candidates. ORANGE: Any independent candidate with an orange light has been assessed as having some commitment to action on climate but with some question marks. If they are an incumbent for instance, their voting record on climate action may have been mixed. Single issue independents may be assessed as orange because they run the risk putting their single issue ahead of climate for pragmatic reasons. We will advise to number them before the red candidates and after the green candidates. RED: We have identified red light Red light independents as a dangerous choice if Australians want real action on the climate emergency.They may be former members of a red light party. They may have ignored our efforts to assess them. They may have nominated so late in the process that effective assessment was impossible. We will advise to number these candidates last on your ballot paper.

Views expressed in this post are those of its author(s), not necessarily all Vote Climate One members.