The 11 federal seat of Murray candidates have ranked their party preferences ahead of tomorrow's election.By Jarrod Whittaker
Minor parties have made their disappointment with the major candidates known, with many ranking them low on their how-to-vote cards.
Of the 11 candidates contesting the seat, four have preferenced Labor and Liberal six or below.
Independent Wendy Buck and Bullet Train for Australia candidate Fern Summer are instructing their supporters to make up their own minds on who to preference.
In a statement sent to The News, Ms Buck said she preferred ‘‘people make their own choice who they vote for and where they put their preferences’’.
Citizens Electoral Council candidate Jeff Davy said his party did not do preference deals, but supporters should put Liberal Sharman Stone last.
Rise Up Australia’s Raymond Hungerford bucked the trend, placing Dr Stone at three.
The Sex Party also found a place for the major parties high on its list — placing Labor’s Rod Higgins at four.
The Greens placed Mr Higgins at six.
Traditionally, the Greens preference Labor or run a split ticket, allowing their supporters to back either major party.
Dr Stone appears more likely than Mr Higgins to benefit from minor party support, despite the apparent distaste for the major parties.
Of the parties that issued how-to-vote cards, four preferenced Dr Stone, compared to two for Mr Higgins.
Family First, Rise Up Australia, Palmer United Party and Katter’s Australian Party all preferred Dr Stone.
By comparison, the Greens and Sex Party preferred Labor.
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