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Digital Rights, Featured, News, Politics - Sunday, April 6, 2014 0:43 - 47 Comments
news Greens Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam looks set to be re-elected to the Senate for another six years in Western Australia’s Senate by-election, with projections late on Saturday night showing the technology-focused politician had easily won a full Senate quota.
In early October, the Australian Electoral Commission announced that Ludlam had lost his seat, with candidates from the Liberal, Labor and Palmer United parties elected to the Senate from Western Australia in September’s Federal Election, despite the fact that the Greens took 9.48 percent of the initial vote and the Palmer United Party took 5 percent of the initial vote.
The news came as a blow to the Australian digital rights community, due to Ludlam’s role over the past half-decade after he was elected in 2007 increasingly coming to focus on holding powerful government departments and law enforcement bodies, politicians, corporations and other groups to account for increasing privacy rights violations and the encroachment of telecommunications surveillance in the digital age. Ludlam has also been extremely active in the National Broadband Network debate, in which the Greens have backed Labor’s all-fibre deployment model as well as opposing the privatisation of NBN Co.
However, the Greens and the Australian Sports Party successfully appealed for a recount of the vote, given the very small margin in some parts of the counting (just 14 votes in one place) and the reported existence of anomalies in the count. At one point, Ludlam revealed “hundreds” of misplaced votes had been found.
Ludlam eventually retained his seat in the AEC’s recount, but a permanent decision on the issue was taken to the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, with the Australian Electoral Commission and several other parties arguing that the loss of 1,370 ballot papers during the election meant that a new election should be held. The Court eventually ruled the WA Senate vote invalid in the September election, meaning a new by-election had to be held this weekend.
According to the ABC’s election analysis, as at midnight on Saturday night the Greens, with Ludlam as the party’s lead candidate, were projected to pick up 120 percent worth of a Senate seat quota. To do so, at that stage, the ABC calculated that the Greens had picked up 17.2 percent of the vote, representing a swing to the Greens of about 7.7 percent. These figures were calculated based on only 21.1 percent of the vote, but ABC election analyst Antony Green appeared to be quite definite about his projection that the Greens would pick up a WA Senate seat. Continue…
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