LIBERAL candidate Peter Hendy received a small campaign boost today when he was drawn in the number one position on Eden-Monaro ballot papers.
Australian Electoral Commission returning officer Pat Satie presided over the official draw in Queanbeyan today, with Mr Hendy drawing first position and his main rival, incumbent Labor MP Mike Kelly, drawing third position.
Mr Hendy attended the draw but said he didn’t think the number one spot was much of an advantage.
“In the end people vote the way they do based on the candidates and I don’t think there’s much difference where you are on the ballot,” he said.
However Cooma-Monaro mayor Dean Lynch, who’s running for Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party, said the top spot could win votes from people not strongly committed to a candidate on election day.
“Number one obviously makes a difference. You’d have to say that’s the preferred position for all candidates,” he said.
Braidwood-based Greens’ candidate Catherine Moore was also in attendance at the draw, and said she hoped to improve on the nearly 10pc of the vote she won in 2010.
“It’s hard to know what people are going to do on election day,” she said.
“I’d be happy to maintain the vote and of course I’d like to increase it but I have no idea what’s going to happen. I just think that it’s really important that the Greens are there with a different voice.”
Eight candidates have successfully nominated for the bellwether seat this year, however Bega independent Ray Buckley, who gained 1.19 per cent of the vote in 2010, failed to nominate in time despite speculation he’d run for the seat again this election.
The ballot paper
1. Peter Hendy (Liberal)
2. Martin Tye (Stable Population Party)
3. Mike Kelly (ALP)
4. Dean Lynch (Palmer United Party)
5. Catherine Moore (Greens)
6. Costas Goumas (Citizens Electoral Council)
7. Andrew Thaler (Independent)
8. Warren Catton (Christian Democratic Party)