A political party under fire for questioning the use of vaccines and advocating for natural medicine has scored the top spot on the NSW Senate ballot papers.
The Health Australia Party’s strike of luck can spell an election win for its founder and lead NSW candidate Andrew Patterson, a naturopath. Because location, location, location: this is prime real estate for its ability to seize the accidental support of donkey voters who back the first box on the hefty papers out of
laziness ease. (FYI, here’s more on why you shouldn’t do this.)
It is widely believed the success of Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm in 2013 was down to the party snagging the first position on the ballot papers - as well as confusing voters with its name similar to the Liberal party. Places on Senate ballot papers are allocated by a blindfolded Australian Electoral Commission staffer who picks numbered balls out of a barrel.