Greens Preferences

Preferences: at a glance

  • Vote 1 Greens to kick the Liberals out and put the Greens in the balance of power 
  • If you follow the Greens’ how-to-vote card by voting 1 Greens, and then putting Labor above the Liberals, your preferences can go to Labor
  • The Greens are not preferencing Scott Morrison and the Liberals
  • We are also recommending a preference for climate independents in key Liberal-held seats
  • Across Australia, the Greens have put the Liberals, Palmer’s United Australia Party or One Nation last

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Early voting is now underway – you can vote today. Election Day is Saturday 21 May. Find your nearest voting centre: vote.greens.org.au

2022 Federal Election

Want to kick out Scott Morrison & the Libs this election? Vote 1 Greens

Here's what you need to know:

The Greens are on track to become the most powerful third party in Australia, securing the Balance of Power in Parliament.

By voting 1 Greens in the Lower House and the Senate, and then putting Labor above the Liberals, you’re voting to:

  • Elect Greens MPs to fight for the things you believe in
  • Stop the 114 new coal & gas projects supported by the Libs & Labor
  • Build the Greens power in Parliament
  • Help to kick out Scott Morrison and the Liberals
  • Help to elect a Labor government

We’re the only party fighting to stop the 114 new coal and gas projects supported by both the Liberals & Labor.

We want to put dental and mental health into Medicare, fix the housing crisis and wipe student debt. 

This election, vote for what you believe in.

Vote to kick the Liberals out.

Vote climate. Vote 1 Greens.

 

At the ballot box…

Option 1

Kick the Libs out by following the Greens how-to-vote card

The Greens’ how-to-vote card is our suggested voting order. If you choose to follow this card, it will give us the best chance of winning and will maximise the number of progressive MPs in Parliament who will fight for what you believe in.

The Greens are not preferencing the Liberals in any Federal seat across Australia. If you follow the Greens’ how-to-vote card, your preferences will go to Labor ahead of the Liberals.

Our how-to-vote card will suggest that you:

  1. Vote 1 Greens
  2. and then put Labor ABOVE the Liberals

So, if the Greens don’t win your local seat, your vote can flow on to help elect a Labor government and kick the Liberals out.

Find your local How-to-vote card: vote.greens.org.au

Early voting is now underway – you can vote today. Election Day is Saturday 21 May. Find your nearest voting centre: vote.greens.org.au

Option 2

Kick the Libs out by Voting 1 Greens & numbering my own preferences

In Australia we have preferential voting – which means that voters decide their preferences by numbering the boxes.

Your vote will go directly to who YOU put first:
1 If your number one doesn’t win,
2 your second choice (or preference) gets counted.
3 If they don’t win, your third choice gets counted. And so on. 

Political parties do not control your preferences or where your vote goes. They just recommend what you do by handing you a how-to-vote card at the polling booth. It’s completely up to you whether you follow that card.

If you’re like us and you really want to kick the Libs out, then:

  1. Vote 1 Greens
  2. Choose who YOU want to put next 
  3. Number the other boxes, making sure that you order Labor above the Liberals. 

This way, if the Greens don’t win your local seat, your vote can flow on to help elect a Labor government and kick the Liberals out.

Watch: Handy voting explainers

Australia's voting system and why there's no such thing as a wasted vote

FAQ

How do I actually vote?

How do I vote?

The AEC has all of this information laid out for you here: 
aec.gov.au/voting/how_to_vote
aec.gov.au/voting/how_to_vote/files/how-to-make-your-vote-count.pdf

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We recommend that on the Lower House green ballot paper people should vote 1 Greens and then number every other box in the order of your preference.

Lower House Ballot

 

On the Senate white ballot paper we recommend people should vote 1 Greens above the line and then number at least 5 other boxes in order of their preference.

Sample Senate Ballot

 

Can the Greens win?

Can the Greens win? I want to vote for someone who has a chance of winning.

Yes! We are running candidates in every seat across the country and can win new seats in both the Senate and Lower House. This election the Greens are on the cusp of being the most powerful third party in Australia. We already have Greens reps at every level of government and we’re in shared power with Labor in the ACT.

If you vote 1 Greens, we can kick the Liberals out, and put the Greens in the balance of power.

In the Balance of Power, the Greens will take climate action by stopping new coal and gas mines, and we’ll tackle the cost of living by getting dental and mental health into Medicare, fixing the housing affordability crisis and wiping student debt.

Change is closer than you think.

How do I make sure I don’t waste my vote?

How do I make sure I don’t waste my vote?

Ever heard something like – “a vote for a minor party is a wasted vote”? Not true! This is a scare campaign run by the major parties who want to keep the two party system as it is.

You cannot waste your vote because of Australia’s preferential voting system. You can vote 1 for the party you feel best represents your values and if your number 1 vote doesn’t win, your number 2 vote (preference) will be counted and so on. You lose nothing by giving your 1 vote to a minor party. 

If you vote 1 Greens, we can kick the Liberals out, and put the Greens in the balance of power.

In the Balance of Power, the Greens will take climate action by stopping new coal and gas mines, and we’ll tackle the cost of living by getting dental and mental health into Medicare, fixing the housing affordability crisis and wiping student debt. Your vote is powerful.

Here's the the Australian Electoral Commission explaining how it is not possible to 'waste' your vote

Will a vote for the Greens help Labor or the Libs?

Will a vote for the Greens help Labor or the Libs?

We’ve heard the scare campaign before “a vote for the Greens is a vote for the Liberals” – that’s a flatout lie. A vote for the Greens helps the Greens. It helps us gain more power in parliament to fight for you.

What matters is that you vote 1 Greens and then make sure you put Labor above the Liberals – so that if the Greens don’t win in your local seat, your vote can go to help Labor, not the Liberals. 

How do I make sure my vote doesn’t help the Liberals?

How do I make sure my vote doesn’t help the Liberals?

You can follow our how-to-vote card to help kick the Libs out.

It’s simple though: Vote 1 Green and then make sure you put Labor above the Liberals. If the Greens don’t win in your local seat, your vote can go to Labor, not the Libs.

What is a preference deal?

What is a preference deal?

There is no magical moment after you’ve voted where parties hand each other votes in a secret deal.

The “preference deals” are actually just about who gets a higher place on each party’s how-to-vote card. This is important because lots of people choose to follow those cards – but whether you do is entirely up to you!

Who are you preferencing?

Who are you preferencing?

The Greens are preferencing Labor above the Liberals. If you follow a Greens how-to-vote card your preferences won't go to the Liberals.

Across Australia, the Greens have put the Liberals, Palmer’s United Australia Party or One Nation last. If the Greens don’t win your local seat, your vote can help elect a Labor government and kick the Liberals out. 

Have the Greens done a deal with the Liberals?

Have the Greens done a deal with the Liberals?

No. The Greens want to kick the Liberals out.

We have put the Liberals, Palmer’s United Australia Party or One Nation last on our how-to-vote cards across Australia. 

Who decides what’s on the Greens How To Vote card?

Who decides what’s on the Greens how-to-vote card?

Decisions on the order of preferences on our how-to-vote cards are made by the Australian Greens party, including Greens members in local branches. Not candidates or MPs.

Did you talk to every party in preference negotiations?

Did you talk to every party in preference negotiations?

No. There’s no point in us talking to parties like One Nation or Palmer’s United Australia Party. We know who they are and we want them gone.

The Greens have put the Liberals, Palmer’s United Australia Party or One Nation last on our how-to-vote cards across Australia. It’s a no-brainer.

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Early voting is now underway – you can vote today. Election Day is Saturday 21 May. Find your nearest voting centre: vote.greens.org.au

Together, we’re powerful.

Together, we can kick the Liberals out and put the Greens in the balance of power.

We can get real climate action, fix the housing crisis, wipe student debt, and deliver free dental and mental health care for all. And that’s not all.

The Greens are fighting for your future.