Preference myth busted?

GREENS Party candidate for Hinkler Jenny Fitzgibbon (pictured) says she’s trying to “bust the myth” that a vote for the Greens is a vote for the ALP, but the fishing industry is not letting the “myth” off the hook.

The Australian Fishing and Tackle Association has seized on the Greens’ stated intention to convert 30 per cent of Commonwealth waters into marine parks and has told its members that the ALP has aligned itself with the Greens by agreeing to a preference deal with them.

Hinkler ALP candidate Belinda McNeven said yesterday she had encouraged supporters who give her a number one vote to direct their preferences to Fitzgibbon, Wone, d’Oliveira, Versace and Neville in that order.

“It’s important to consider where your votes go at the end of the day,” she said.

Paul Neville’s preferences are in direct contrast with the Nationals incumbent asking his supporters to go Versace, d’Oliveira, Wone, Fitzgibbon and McNeven in that order.

Ms Fitzgibbon dismissed as “totally untrue” the link between ALP and Green votes.

“Your ballot paper is filled in by you. It is yours. What you write down on it are your instructions about your preferences and those instructions are followed exactly by the Electoral Commission.”

Mr Neville has resisted government proposals for a no-fish marine park off Fraser Island, highlighting his concerns for the commercial and recreational fishing industries in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

“We are now down to about 30 trawlers each in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg. If it goes any lower we won’t have the critical mass, otherwise we’re in deep trouble.”



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