Andrew Bartlet, failed Green's Candidate for the seat of Brisbane (Ex Democrat Leader and Queensland Senator) continues to deny the FACTS that the system used in the counting of the Australian Senate elections is seriously flawed.
Mr Bartlett, who served on Parliamentary Joint Select Committee for Electoral Matters failed to identify the flaws in the counting system.
Has he tried recounting the 2007 Queensland Senate vote? (Excluding all candidates except the least seven standing - 3ALP, 3LNP and 1 Grn) Obviously not. Unless Mr Bartlet does recount the vote he is not in a position to make an informed decision, but that does not stop him from denying the facts.
FACTS that Mr Bartlett fails to comprehend.
- FACT The method of calculating the Surplus Transfer Value is seriously flawed. it increases the value of the Major Party Ticket vote in a situation where there is a delayed election. In 2010 The Liberal National Party (LNP) NSW ticket vote increased in value byover 14,000 votes as a result of the flaw in the calculation of the Surplus Transfer Value. 14,000 votes is a huge bonus and potential winning margin in a close election.
- FACT In 2007 David Feeney came close to losing the Victorian Senate election as a result of a "Bonus 7,000 votes" added to the Liberal Party Ticket vote. (Even Antony Green. ABC Electoral Analysis has acknowledged this flaw)
- FACT Larissa Waters, Green's Senate Candidate in 2007, failed to win a Senate seat due to the flaw related to the method of segmentation and distribution of excluded candidates preferences.
- FACT Western Australia recognised the flaw in the way the Senate vote is counted and legislated to change the method used in calculating the Surplus Transfer Value. WA did not correct the flaw in the distribution of excluded candidate's preferences.