Lifting the veil on preferences

A free community workshop (email RSVP required*)
2pm to 4pm Saturday 7 August 2010
at Trades Hall Council (Star Arcade, Newcastle)

What really happens with those numbers you mark on your ballot paper after you put it in the ballot box?

What do those media reports about political parties doing “preferences deals”, or about Party X preferencing Party Y, really mean?

Who really controls preferences: voters, candidates or political parties?

Australia’s education system, the media and political parties have failed to equip many Australians to understand and use the preferential voting system. Much of the information that voters receive about preferences is misleading and contradictory. No wonder voters are confused.

Using a hands-on, fun exercise (yes, it does involve chocolate!), this free community workshop lifts the veil on the so-called mysteries of preferences, and explains how you – the voter – can take full control of your democratic right to vote.

The presenters:

John Sutton lectured in Communication at the University of Newcastle for fifteen years, and taught future journalists and public affairs practitioners how the preference system works.

Carrie Jacobi is an experienced primary school teacher who – out of a passion for civics education – has developed simple and fun techniques for explaining the so-called intricacies of the preferential voting system for her young students.

Over the past two decades, both John and Carrie have been closely involved in preference strategies, negotiations and decisions for The Greens. However, this workshop is not associated with The Greens, and anyone is welcome to attend.

Venue and afternoon tea provided, care of Trades Hall Council.

* RSVP is required for venue, program planning and catering purposes. Please RSVP by email to: civics@jacobi-sutton.com. Your booking will then be confirmed.

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