The candidate orders for the federal seats of Murray and Farrer were announced by the Australian Electoral Commission on Friday.By Jess Craig
Australian Sex Party candidate for Murray, Tristram Chellew, is expected to benefit from the top position on the ballot paper at next month’s federal election.
The candidate order was announced by the Australian Electoral Commission on Friday, with the 23-year-old candidate drawing the coveted top spot.
Incumbent Member for Murray Sharman Stone is second, with Katter’s Australia Party candidate Michael Bourke third.
Mr Bourke replaced KAP’s original candidate Jim Martinek after he withdrew last week.
Independent Wendy Buck, Damien Stevens (Greens), Catriona Thoolen (Palmer United Party), Fern Summer (Bullet Train for Australia), Raymond Hungerford (Rise Up Australia), Alan Walker (Family First Party), Rod Higgins (Labor) and Jeff Davy (Citizens Electoral Council) round out the ballot.
A self-funded political party, The Bullet Train for Australia Party’s sole focus is securing high-speed rail network for Australia.
They hope to have a network offering a high-speed train connecting regional centres and capital cities including Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Wollongong, the Southern Highlands, Albury and Melbourne.
Rise Up Australia’s Narelle Davis has secured top spot on the Farrer ballot paper, with sitting member Sussan Ley (Liberal) at fourth.
The Farrer electorate has nine candidates running for the seat, including long-serving Member Sussan Ley, who has held the seat since 2001.
Farrer divisional returning officer Sue Dawson declared the final nominations and conducted a draw for the ballot paper in Albury on Friday.
Candidates in the order they appear on the ballot are Narelle Davis (Rise Up Australia Party), Brendan Cattell (Democratic Labour Party), Ken Trewin (Katter’s Australian Party), Sussan Ley (Liberal Party), Ron Emmerton (Palmer United Party), Gavin Hickey (Labor Party), Tracey Powell (Bullet Train for Australia Party), Frank Horwill (Christian Democratic Party) and Christina Sobey (Greens).
More than 14 million people have enrolled to vote in the 2013 federal election, an increase of 624,000 people since the last election.
Many Australians left enrolling to vote or updating their details to the last minute.
From the announcement of the election on Sunday, August 4, to the close of rolls deadline on Monday, August 12, the AEC added more than 162,000 people to the roll.
Nearly 490,000 Australians updated their address or other details, making is the largest ever close of rolls period.
The AEC described the growth in youth enrolment (people aged 18 to 24 years) of 25,000 since the 2010 federal election as ‘‘positive’’, but estimated a further 400,000 still failed to enrol.
An estimated 1.22 million people remain unenrolled across all age groups.
A man has been taken to hospital after he was stabbed in Murchison East this evening.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
A town car to help transport people from outlying areas into town for medical appointments or to go shopping could work in Echuca, according to Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison.
Rochester resident Ken Hocking has chosen to use his Christmas lights display to draw attention to a support group for brain tumour patients.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
Tim Hillier became the first Deniliquin Rhino to notch up a century in the Murray Valley Cricket Association with a sterling 104 against Cobram on Saturday.
Water held in spillable water accounts (SWAs) in the Murray and Goulburn systems will become available for use or trade following a declaration on Tuesday.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
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