Pat O'Shane scores highly on GetUp! recommendations to voters

May 10, 2022
GetUp's How-to-Vote recommendations in Leichhardt. Inset: Pat O'Shane

GetUp! has released how-to-vote recommendations for a number of seats in the federal election.

GetUp! does not give endorsements to any particular party or candidate. Instead, it provides “independent voting guides” with “options on how to number their ballot for the best outcome on a given issue, such as more First Nations Justice, tackling rising inequality and real climate action”.

The progressive group has not released advice for every seat. Instead, its “guiding principle was to help GetUp! members have the greatest electoral impact”, presumably prioritising marginal seats.

In most seats selected, Greens and Labor candidates are highlighted as positive options alongside progressive independents and parties.

“Each how-to-vote card features at least two candidates, and many have up to three or four,” the group said. “It’s for voters to make the final decision on how to cast their vote.”

In the seat of Leichhardt, where Socialist Alliance is running Kuku Yalanji woman Pat O’Shane, GetUp has recommended votes for SA, Green and Labor candidates.

Where voters choose the Green or Labor candidates, GetUp! has recommended giving number 2 to O’Shane.

The group recognises that the Socialist Alliance and Green candidates have “very strong support for First Nations Communities”. It said Labor had “moderate support for First Nations Communities”.

GetUp! will be mobilising volunteers to campaign on polling day to promote its how-to-vote recommendations.

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