WA fishos urged to make votes count this weekend

WESTERN Australian voters go to the polls this Saturday April 5 to elect six Senators to represent the state.

The new election is being held after the Court of Disputed Returns overturned last September’s election result following the disappearance of 1,370 ballot papers.

The contest for the final two WA seats was so close last September that a re-count took place to make sure the result was accurate. The first count had seen Labor’s Louise Pratt and Palmer United’s Zhenya Wang elected to the final two seats. The re-count saw them defeated and the final two seats won by the Greens’ Scott Ludlam and the Australian Sports Party’s Wayne Dropulich.

The Court of Disputed returns ruled that the missing ballot papers made it impossible to determine who won the final two seats and voided the writ declaring six Senators elected. A new writ has been issued for the re-election.

Prior to last year’s federal election, Fisho published the fishing related policies of the various political parties in a bid to help voters make informed choices on who best represents the interests of WA fishos.

Read Fisho’s previous election guide HERE.

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