Nominations were declared this afternoon for the Senate by-election in Western Australia.
77 candidates have nominated, an increase from 62 who ran in last September’s election.
These candidates are running in 33 groups, as well as two ungrouped independents. All but one of the groups is being run by a political party.
In comparison, 27 groups and one ungrouped independent nominated for the 2013 election.
Along with the major party candidates, the major candidate announcements have included prominent euthanasia activist Dr Philip Nitschke running for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party. The Wikileaks Party has also had trouble with candidate selection, with Julian Assange unable to stand and with 2013 candidate Gerry Georgatos withdrawing at the last moment.
The Nationals have also had a change of lead candidate, with prominent former footballer David Wirrpanda being replaced by Shane van Styn, who stood in Durack in 2013.
The best spots on the ballot went to the Wikileaks Party and the Nationals. The ALP has the first position of any party who won a seat in any of the counts in the 2013 election. The Liberal Party drew column R, and the Greens drew group AA.
The following table provides the name of the lead candidate for all groups. With the exception of the two major parties, no other party has a serious prospect of getting any candidate other than their first candidate elected. I have also provided the first few candidates for the two major parties.
The Liberal Party’s first three candidates are:
- David Johnston
- Michaelia Cash
- Linda Reynolds
The Australian Labor Party’s first three candidates are:
- Joe Bullock
- Louise Pratt
- Shane Hill
|A||Tibor Meszaros||The Wikileaks Party|
|B||Shane Van Styn||The Nationals|
|D||Chris Fernandez||Australian Democrats|
|E||Fletcher Boyd||Pirate Party|
|F||Joe Bullock||Australian Labor Party|
|G||Richie Howlett||Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party|
|H||Bill Koutalianos||Freedom and Prosperity Party|
|I||Philip Nitschke||Voluntary Euthanasia Party|
|J||Jim Fryar||Liberal Democrats|
|K||Brian Parkes||Australian Voice Party|
|L||Ken Bezant||Building Australia Party|
|M||Anthony Fels||Mutual Party|
|N||Linda Rose||Family First Party|
|O||Peter Strachan||#Sustainable Population Party|
|P||Zhenya Wang||Palmer United Party|
|Q||Wayne Dropulich||Australian Sports Party|
|S||Murray Bow||Shooters and Fishers|
|T||James M Moylan||Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party|
|U||Marcus Anderson||Republican Party of Australia|
|V||Max Katz-Barber||Smokers Rights|
|W||Daniel Mccarthy||Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party|
|X||Ray Moran||Australian Christians|
|Y||Simon Cuthbert||Secular Party of Australia|
|Z||Jane Foreman||Rise Up Australia Party|
|AA||Scott Ludlam||The Greens (WA)|
|AB||Adrian Good||DLP Democratic Labour|
|AC||Phillip Bouwman||Katter’s Australian Party|
|AD||Katrina Love||Animal Justice Party|
|AE||Fiona Patten||Sex Party|
|AF||Alex Bainbridge||Socialist Alliance|
|AG||David Fishlock||Outdoor Recreation Party (Stop The Greens)|
|Teresa Van Lieshout||Independent|