The Council Voice: Cross Examination of Witnesses

Last Tuesdays “Future Melbourne” All up council meeting was interesting to say the least, if not worthy of an event in Melbourne’s Comedy Show.

Cr Mayne dominated procedures and you would think he was the shows chairman.  At one stage in proceedings Cr Mayne referred to submitters  as Witnesses.  Clearly Councillor Mayne was at ease in the theatrics of the meeting even if he was confused by the fact that it was not a court of law.

Like that of  ballet performance each Councillor has their chance to shine on centre stage, although some shone more than others as  each Councillor took over the role of chairman depending on what topic was under consideration.  The Council spent an in-ordinate amount of time discussing various planning permits that managed to get referred to the Council  meeting for consideration only be deferred to next weeks meeting.

Councillor Mayne has clearly embarked on a policy and tactic of endorsing Staff recommendations this avoiding any changes or reflections of any real merit.  (It pas dividends at a later stage to keep the administration on side you never know when you may need a favour in exchange) Never the less Stephen Mayne gave a convincing performance and maintained eye contact and focus at all time showing confidence if not substance.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle was the only other player that demonstrated that experience counts when it comes to meeting etiquette and style.  One could not help but like his style.

There was an interesting movement, during the later stages of the meeting when Robert Doyle and Beverly Pinder-Mortium had left the meeting early,  when the numbers in the chamber were equally divided 4 for and 4 against and meeting had to rely on the casting vote of whoever was chairman at the time. Traditionally a casting vote should be cast to maintain the status quo or if there is none to the negative.   In any event a resolution of the committee that does not command the support of an absolute majority of the elected Council (6) the vote is referred to the full Council meeting for consideration.  In this tie breaker Cr Ong correctly ruled against a proposed amendment but then cast his deciding vote as chairman by ruling in favour of the substantive motion put forward by Cr Mayne.

Whilst the procedures of the Council may satisfy those who have an interest in the topics that have been placed on the agenda, and those who were granted the opportunity to have their three minutes presentation followed by a cross examination by Stephen Mayne,  what concerned me more was what was not on the agenda or listed in the Council papers.

Most issues are decided now-a-days by delegation, no one knows what decision are made and by who. Decisions are made behind closed doors  hidden form the public’s view. There is no `register of delegations and there is no central reporting of what decisions have been made in the name of the Council.  I tried to raise this issue at the end of the meeting but the Councillors sat there with be wielded faces not knowing what to do.  If there is no recommendation, script auto queue  before them they  dumfounded.

It would be good governance for the Council to at least review a list of delegations and request the publication of any decision made under delegation to be listed on the Council web site and a summary presented at Council’s Future Melbourne meetings.

It would be good if Council meeting could be web cast, if not informative it is at least entertaining and admission if free.

Payback: Council Credit on the line

Whilst embattled MP Craig Thomson faces allegations and charges for alleged misuse of Union funds arising from the Fair work Australia, Melbourne’s Lord Mayor and Senior Staff continue to ring up charges on their Council supplied Corporate Credit Card.  Members of the Council’s Governance team are constantly having to chase up on the Lord Mayor and staff to pay back money that has been accredited to the Council’s account. 

In Linda Weathersons  account these expenses do not show up on the Council expense statements as they have not been acquitted. 

Dodgy accounting aside, the fact is the use of the corporate card for personal expenses should not be allowed,  even just a short term personal loan or a question of convenience. 

Hopefully the media will FOI the Council for the copy of all staff’s credit card statements

The Council’s published expense statements  no longer show expenses related to overseas and interstate communication or travel. They’re instead hidden away in the consolidated Travel register.

Does that mean the Council is not reimbursing out of pocket expenses occurred whilst on junkets overseas and instead they are being paid an illegal  additional allowance, above and beyond the allowances set out under the Local Government Act?

The findings of the Thomson case  will have a far reaching effect well and beyond the confines of Federal Politics.

Form before Function: Melboure City Council’s failed design

The City of Melbourne Award Winning $25 Million Dollar revamp of Swanston Street continues to come under fire by traders, pedestrians and the like.  Not only are the Tram Super Stops unsafe an accident waiting to happen, the outdoor café shelters are virtually useless when it comes to providing shelter.

The “V” profile lets the rain in and there is hardly a dry spot left available for dinners.  The design just does not function.

Rob Adam’s “Designer City” department spent a pretty penny designing and having constructed the latest stainless steal street furniture and add-ons.  It seams not one feature of the Street make over has been successful  at anything other then emptying the Council’s bank balance. 

The Street lighting is hidden way in the Trees. The stainless steal seats provide little comfort and the Street café shelters let in the rain.

Whilst the elected Council is quick to try and claim success in the Million dollar makeover the Street is not looking or functioning any better,  the Super stops have added to traffic congestion preventing emergency vehicle access.  Service vehicles have difficult in making deliveries and the road surface is in need a replacement.

Although everyone else has difficulty with the Street, the Lord Mayor continues to travel down Swanston Street in his limo unabated.  Taxi’s and the Police are allowed to park in the street willy nilly, even where there is no designated parking spots, the tram “Super” stops are a major safety hazard and the Street furniture and lighting does not function.

The only vitality left in the Street is provided by the Horse and Carriages and Melbourne’s Street Traders.  Without them it would be just a very expensive and extravagant private car park/bicycle path. Designer City Out of Control

Hot Deals: Two Major Projects under review for 2013

Planning and discussions are under foot for the redevelopment of two significant sites in Melbourne – The Queen Victoria Market site and the Jolimont Rail Yards  site between Russel and Spring Streets.

Both sites are in need of re-development but proposals that have been bandied around in the media and promoted by Robert Doyle and the City Council set alarm bells ringing with private developers buzzing around the projects like scavengers and birds of pray hovering over a two day road kill all wanting a free feed or a coven of vampires who have been offered the keys to the blood bank.  Profit and theft of public assets by political mandate.

Queen Victoria Market 

Development of the Queen Victoria Market site in the car park south of the goods shed is long over due.

Issues related to the grave sites of Melbourne’s pioneer community needs to be addressed with any identified remains respectively moved and relocated.  Many of the graves that once comprised Melbourne old cemetery have already been moved and it should be possible to relocate remaining grave sites to facilitate the development of the site.

Any development of the Queen Victoria site to avoid over crowding and visual overshadowing must be subject to strict height limits.  The height of any new building must be no higher then the ridge line of the adjacent market goods sheds or a maximum of four stories.

This site needs a creative design solution to enhance the community activities and appeal of the Market precinct. Architects such as Nonda Katsalidis (Fender Katsilidis Architects) designer of the iconic Atlas/Mondo Apartments adjacent to the Market in Franklin Street would be a good choice for the design and planning of the Queen Victoria Market site.  The Council should avoid architects such as  Denton Corker and Marshal designers of Jeff’s Shed and the State Museum and Melbourne failed City Square project.

Council, as owner of the land, has full control of the sites development. The argument supporting higher density high rise development and the need to hand over the project to private developers on economic grounds must be rejected.  This site is too significant to be handed over to developers who seek to maximize profit at the expense of the communities interest. Any move to do so should be seen as possible corruption creeping into the Council’s major project portfolio.

Jolimont Rail Yards.

This is another site that privet partnership developers would love to get their hands on.  This is a site that must also be subject to height limit controls to ensure that the adjacent Federation Square and Yarra River precinct site is not  overshadowed.

Whilst fully supporting the need to roof over the rail yards and facilitate a built environment connection from Flinders Street to the Yarra River we should question the need for any proposals that construct any building on the site.  There is no reason why the site could not or should not be a hard-edge open space decking, a place for outdoor public gatherings, exhibitions and the like.

Like St Peters Square in  Rome, San Marco in Venice or Red Square in Moscow, Melbourne needs a large hard-edge open space precinct.  A place that can become the focus of large outdoor activities and community events. Melbourne’s designers and  planners have for too long suffered a fear of open spaces,, fueled mainly by greed and the need to maximize private profit. It is time to embrace a simple solution to this site which needs little more than covering of the Rail Yards and a connection to the Yarra River.

The Jolimont Rail Yards/Federation Square site should have been the home of Melbourne’s Museum. The fact that it isn’t is a testament to failed planning policies of the Kennett Government. An open space area would possible allow for the future relocation of the State Museum to this site when the Carlton Gardens site becomes tied and outdated and the Museum needs to expand.

Hopefully future generations will have the opportunity to demolish the Carlton Museum. A future Melbourne Museum should be relocated to back into the heart of the City and incorporated into Federation Square, were it should be, adding much needed vitality and focus to a city that is desperate to regain its identity as the States Capital of Arts and Culture as opposed to being dominated by Crown Casio and a Federation Square that does not function to ts fullest potential

Melbourne’s War Horse: The battle to remove Horse and Carriages from the City

The City of Melbourne – Engineering Services has embarked on a campaign of harassment and intimidation of Melbourne’s Horse and Carriages.

Instead of supporting the Horse and Carriages the Administration is trying to run them out of town.  

Previous elected City Councils have rejected the move,  recognizing the contribution and value the Horse and Carriage Street Traders provide to Melbourne Tourism and the vitality of the city. 

Having spent 100’s of millions of dollars on Swanston Street the Street still is lacking appeal or vitality. The Administration blame the Horse and Carriages for Swanston Streets ongoing failure.  The problem is not the Horse and Carriages.  Sitting down at the corner of Finders Street and Swanston Street outside St Paul’s Cathedral on a weekend and you soon realize the interest and enjoyment that the horses and carriages bring to the City. 

Reflection on an era past, our history and heritage on a family day out or a romantic evening

Melbourne stands alongside Paris, Prague and New York and is the only Australian Capital City that has Horse and Carriages in the City Centre.

The Horse and Carriages represent our heritage they remind us of the early days of the city’s past when horse and carriages were the main stream of transport, a chance to experience a bit of history that made Melbourne.

Those that can afford to take a ride in a carriage enjoy the atmosphere that only a carriage ride can give as they ride down Swanston Street to the Shine of remembrance past the flower clock the Art Gallery and Concert hall.  A half hour Carriage tour of the City can accommodate a family of six to eight people or provide a slow paced ride for that special romantic moment for two to remember.

Children and Family Tourists in particular enjoy seeing the horses in the city centre. The smiles and expression of excitement that comes over the children’s faces is hard to miss. As one person we spoke to said  “seeing the horses in Swanston street is like seeing a a bit of the Melbourne show every day of the year”.

Since the departure of the State Museum from the City Centre there is very little that attracts families with children to visit the City  Apart from the Myers Christmas windows and New Years Fireworks there is not much that excites children visiting Melbourne. The City has become a sterile non-family friendly environment thanks in a large part to our City designers, planners and ill-considered decisions of State Governments past.

The reason why Swantson Street is not working not the horse and Carriages but the administration

The administration Engineering Services has killed off Swanston Street and the town planners have forced families out of the City.  If you bring back families by providing  a reason for children to visit the city then this would have a balance and positive effect on the atmosphere of the Street.

The administrations war against the Horse and Carriage

The administration in their war against the horses have consistently sought to harass the street traders on a daily basis by issuing fines (Some providers have over $10,000 in fines). The council by-laws officers have even harassed members of the public demanding their names and personal details when they are not employed by the Street Traders.

The parking space allocated to the horse and Carriages is restricted to two locations: the site outside St Paul’s between Flinders Lane and Flinders Street and the site opposite the Town hall on the weekend.  The administration want the Street traders to move to the Queen Ann Garden precinct. A site that is removed from the city centre and  lacks commercial viability. 

Half of the parking space allocated for the Horse and Carriages in Swanston Street is taken up by Police vehicles that use Swantson Street as a department car park.  This has placed pressure on the Traders who have nowhere to park so they stop on the other side of the road outside Young and Jackson’s whilst they wait for a spot to become vacant on the other side of the road.  The City Council is quick to have bylaw officers drop in and issue a fine $100 for parking in a non-authorised location and a further $1000 for breach of their permit.  Police vehicles and taxis illegally parked in the horse and carriage parking area are never fined.

The problem is the administration not the elected Council

It is important to note that the harassment and opposition to the Street Traders is not coming from the elected Council, the problem is the administration.

The administration hold meetings behind closed doors. Policy discussion is not open to the public and there is no open transparent consultation with the Street Traders or the general public.

Christmas can be and is a danger zone for public policy.

The administration seek to drive the horse and carriages from the City Centre by pushing through their policy to outlaw them, taking advantage of the lead-up to Christmas and the honey moon period of newly elected Councillors.

Councillors Kevin Louey, Ken Ong, Richard Foster, Beverely Pinder-Mortimer and Jackie Watts all support the continuance of Horse and Carriages in the City .  It is unclear where the Lord Mayor -Robert Doyle, Deputy Lord Mayor – Susan Riley, or Councillors Arron Wood and Stephen Mayne stand on the issue, but we believe they are also supportive of the Street Traders.

The Green “Christmas Grinchs”, Councillors Cathy Oak and Rohan Leppert, are opposed to horses and any other form of transport except bicycles and trams in the City.

Our Street Traders, the horse and carriage operators are an asset not a blight.   

What the Council needs to do is support our Street Traders, not harass them, The Street Traders want the City Council to relocate responsibility for Street Trading from the Engineering Services Department and place them under the auspice of the department responsible for Tourism and business where they rightly belong.

Big Fish Seeking a Bigger Pond

Updated:

Maverick Councillor Steven Mayne in his first motion before the Council calling on the City of Melbourne subscribe to the Municipal Association of Victoria and that he be appointed the Council’s representative to the association.  A move that will costs Ratepayers in excess of $33,169. (Money that was not included in the 2012-2013 City Budget and the recommendation even bypassed Council’s Finance Committee

Councillor Mayne has been given chair of governance and finance and even more disturbing Greens Councillor Rohan Leppert Deputy Chair.  

Carlton ALP member, Cr Richard Foster was denied an economic portfolio and has been sidelined by being allocated Transport and People City. 

In another hidden appointment Greens Councillor Cathy Oake was reappointed as the Council’s nominee to International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI) and it’s Oceania Regional Executive Committee .  What is of greater concern is that the City of Melbourne is picking up Councillor Oake’s expenses.  The costs include numerous international trips and junkets to attend ICLEI’s executive meetings – each flight generating enough green house gases generated by a family in year. Why they can not just telecommute is any ones guess, ICELI is more about junkets and marketing than the environment. The Enviro Fest Travel set.

There are ongoing concerns and questions asked as to why the Council is picking up the tab for a third party organisations executive costs and why these costs are not being paid for by the association itself.    Similar concerns were raised with expenses related to former Green Crs David Risstrom and Fraser Brindley. No doubts this is part of the Council’s inducement and payouts of Councillor appointments.  You scratch my back and I will scratch yours.

A tell-tale sign of the Greens true committement towards the environment is the failure of the Greens to take on Waste Management in the City.  Newly elected Greens Counicllor Rohan Leppert prefering instead to chair the socialite portfolio of Arts and Culture. Waste Management and the Environment come a distant second on the Greens portfolio list unless there is a junket or two.

The Council’s all-up “Future Melbourne” committee structure is designed to distract councillors from the real game and to lock out community representation. Smoke and Mirrors.  Most decisions are  held behind closed doors and made under “delegation”. 

There is no clear structure or reporting on what decisions have been  made in the name of the council.  There is no published public register of delegations or even the need to report on decisions made under delegations, all of which should be readily available on the council’s web site.

The newly elected Council failed to review the delegation lists. If the public don’t know what delegations are in place what confidence can we have that the elected Council knows what decisions have been delegated.  The signing of a blank check with little to no accountability.

Council has made a small micro step towards Council becoming more open to the public.  Meetings will now commence at 5:30PM not 5:00PM as was previously the case.  This still locks out most community input. 

The holding of council meetings on Tuesdays means they miss the local media deadlines and there still is no single local media outlet that covers the entire City.  South of the Yarra is ignored and forgotten as are most of the local precincts.

The City Council made no effort towards  establishing net-casting of Council meetings, something that in today’s technological world should be already in place by now. When it comes to information about governance the Council’s web site has little to offer is is under utilised. Teh guiding principle is do as little as possible and nmo more then is required under legilsation

The published Councillor expense statements do not show the full picture with many costs, payments and benefits afforded Councillors hidden from public view. 

Our City council will go to any extent to avoid disclosure and accountability. Nothing has changed and the newly elected council looks set to maintain the established tradition. Maybe Stephen Mayne will address this issue but I would not be holding my breath.  I doubt open and transparency is on his agenda.

Loss of Trust: The de-democratisation of the National Trust

National Trust of Australia (Victoria) members attending Saturday’s Annual General Meeting criticized the board for the de-democratization of the National Trust, a decision that that could very easily reignite the division and distrust in the National Trust Executive.

The board, without consultation with the membership, had acted to remove a thirty year tradition of electing members of the board by proportional representation –  replacing it by a first-past-the-post ‘multiple cross’ voting system.  This did not become an issue of contention this year as members of the Board were re-elected unopposed, whoever under a first-past-the-post voting system the board runs the risk of no longer being representative of the Trust membership.

The National Trust Board has promised to re-look at the question with the aim of taking the issue back to the Trust members although no commitment was given by the Chairman, Dr. Graeme L Blackman OAM, that the board would in fact do so.

This issue could become divisive and may see the Trust divided as it was back in the late 1990’s when the board, to the dismay and outrage of its members, overturned the recommendations of the Trust’s Expert Committee opposed to the development of the Museum at the Royal Exhibition Buildings.

Dividing the Cake: Portfolio Allocations just before Christmas

New Council portfolio responsibilities

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 
Source: Melbourne.vic.gov.au

At the first Future Melbourne Committee meeting of the new Melbourne City Council tonight, Councillors approved the following portfolio allocations:

  • Planning portfolio – Chair Cr Ong, Deputy Chair Cr Mayne
  • Finance and Governance portfolio – Chair Cr Mayne, Deputy Chair Cr Leppert
  • Arts and Culture portfolio – Chair Cr Leppert, Deputy Chair Cr Pinder-Mortimer
  • Major Projects portfolio – Chair Lord Mayor, Deputy Chair Cr Ong
  • Transport portfolio – Chair Cr Oke, Deputy Chair Cr Foster
  • Environment portfolio – Chair Cr Wood, Deputy Chair Cr Oke
  • Economic Development portfolio – Chair Cr Louey, Deputy Chair Cr Wood
  • Marketing Melbourne portfolio – Chair Cr Pinder-Mortimer, Deputy Chair: Deputy Lord Mayor
  • Knowledge City portfolio – Chair Cr Watts, Deputy Chair Cr Louey
  • People City portfolio – Chair Cr Foster, Deputy Chair Cr Wattts

These portfolio appointments will be officially confirmed at the 27 November Council meeting.

Comment:
We will be watching with much interests the developments of the Finance and Governance Committee.  Will they hold the Council to account or will they follow in the footsteps of past Councillors such as Greens Councillor Fraser Brindely and continue to hold behind close doors secret meetings with decisions implemented under delegations.  The first task they should be embarking on is a review of delegated authorities and the establishment and publication of the delegation registry and the decisions made so that the public knows what is going on.  The second task is the webcasting of all public meetings.

It seams that the Council has fallen into the mistake of having Councillors sit on all committees.  Each Councillor having at least two Committees.  There appears no mention or consideration of appointing outside experts and community representatives onto the Council advisory committees.   (A big mistake)  What experience and knowledge Rohan Leppert has on Governance and Finance is anyone’s guess.

The real test will be in the next month as we enter the Delegation danger zone.  the time of year when the administration sneak in decisions that they want little to now scrutiny.  New Councillors will be busying finding their way around and they keep busy tied up and engaged in the Christmas cheer.  This is the period where the most controversial decisions are made., the period when the public and media’s attention is else where.  Journalists take a break, talk back radio is replaced by the cricket and the administration get away with what ever they want.

Its not just dangerous on the road but also in the council chamber.  Councillors are introduced to the free booze bar and the Lord Mayor’s nose looks more and more like Santa. 

Nightmare on Swanston Street: Design Madness – What not to do..

Melbourne’s Swanston Street’s recent  26 Million dollar make over is a major safety hazzard and a classic case of poor design. It’s hard to believe they got a design ward for the streetscape. Just goes to show you can get an award for anything.

Tram Stops Blocking Emergency Access.

Starting with the Tram ‘Super Stops’ come bicycle ramp.  Whoever came up with the design should be sacked or sent into academia.  It is a classic ‘What not to do” in urban design.  Placing the stops in parallel has placed the precinct at risk.  If trams are on each side of the road there is no way an emergency vehicle can get access or pass the trams without having to crash over the footpaths and ramps.  If they remained diagonally staggered fire trucks, ambulances and police could weave through. In an emergency, where every second counts, just hope you’re nowhere near Town Hall.

Call a Litigation Lawyer

The Tram stops are an accident waiting to happen.  The raised profile does not fit.  Z Class tram’s front entrance is a serious safety hazard with passengers running the risk of having their foot trapped between the tram and the platform There is no warning. You alight from the tram and you fall into a hole if you’re not careful. Should you be unfortunate to be a victim of bad design call a lawyer.  The Council and designer would most certainly be liable. Yarra Trams must be worried as they also could be held to be liable for any accident.

Street lights of shame. 

Swanston Street has a new set of ‘Stainless Steel’ Street lights. The design, nominated for an award, is totally useless in Summer.  They are positioned and so tall that they are hidden in the tress foliage and cast little light on the street.  The designer thought of form before function.

Seats of steel

Swanston Street also has new street furniture. The new seats are made from Stainless steel and cost a pretty penny.  No expenses spared for Bamboo Rob Adams design team folly.  Being polished Stainless steel they will show up every scratch and rub as time goes by.  What’s worse, in the midst of a hot summer day, in the full sun they are scalding.  Sit down at your own risk  As Melbournians will tell you Melbourne get hot in Summer with temperatures in the mid 30’s to 40s. Even hotter in the full sun. You cold toast a bun on these heat sinks.

How much more must we spend on Swanston Street before they realize that it is not working? Will we have to wait until Rob Adams retires and hope that his predecessor will not following in his golden footsteps. King Ludwig he is not.  The sooner Professor Adams retires into academia the better.

The Meek will inherit the Council: MCC According to Meek

Analysis of the City of Melbourne C9 Council Election based on the Meek Method of counting the vote. Source OpenSTV program

Winners: 

Elected Surname Firstname
1  LOUEY  Kevin
2  OKE  Cathy
3  ONG  Ken
4  WOOD  Arron
5  PINDER-MORTIMER  Beverley
6  MAYNE  Stephen
7  WATTS  Jackie
8  FOSTER  Richard
9 CHAMBERLIN  Kevin

Details of count below

Election title: MCC-C9-2012-Meek
Method: Meek STV with Hare-Dynamic-Fractional threshold
Number of total ballots: 63676
Number of invalid or empty ballots: 2
Number of ballots used in the count: 63674
40 candidate running for 9 seats.

 R|FOSTER, Rich|D’CRUZ, Emil|RUBBO, Mark |SYME, Wendy |EDWARDS, Jas|MAYNE, Steph|ANDERSON, Mi|DOWNING, Luk|CRAGG, David
  |ard         |y Lee       |Dattilo     |            |on          |en          |chele       |e S         |           
  |            |            |            |            |            |            |            |            |           
  |————+————+————+————+————+————+————+————+————
  |CHAMBERLIN, |DUTTA, Roshe|PARISI, Nick|MACDONALD, A|RAHAMAN, Aze|FISCHL, Lees|ANDERSON, Ge|NORRIS, Mare|OKE, Cathy 
  |Kevin       |na          |            |lex         |ezur        |a           |rard        |e           |           
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  |————+————+————+————+————+————+————+————+————
  |LEPPERT, Roh|RHODES, Lach|PODESTA, Jen|THIEL, Phili|LOUEY, Kevin|WOOD, Arron |PINDER-MORTI|JETTER, Carl|SHEN, Harvar
  |an          |lan         |nifer       |p           |            |            |MER, Beverle|            |d          
  |            |            |            |            |            |            |y           |            |           
  |————+————+————+————+————+————+————+————+————
  |SWEETMAN, Fi|WEI, Hope   |WATTS, Jacki|KENNEDY, Mic|KINSELLA, Ma|O’BRIEN, Sue|ONG, Ken    |PAGANO, Carl|HEWITT, Sall
  |ona         |            |e           |hael        |rie         |            |            |o           |y          
  |            |            |            |            |            |            |            |            |           
  |————+————+————+————+————+————+————+————+————
  |SMITH, Leona|VISA, Moti  |LOH, David  |van der CRAA|Exhausted   |Surplus     |Threshold  
  |            |            |            |TS, Anthony |            |            |           
  |            |            |            |            |            |            |           
=======================================================================================================================
 1| 3805.000000|   63.000000|   72.000000|    5.000000|    8.000000| 3808.000000|   20.000000| 1895.000000|   34.000000
  | 3607.000000|   58.000000|    8.000000|   13.000000|  678.000000|  589.000000|  522.000000|    6.000000| 9886.000000
  |   14.000000|    8.000000|   13.000000|   21.000000|23759.000000|   29.000000|   11.000000|   12.000000|   16.000000
  |   10.000000|   27.000000| 6073.000000|   16.000000|    9.000000|   16.000000| 8273.000000|    7.000000|   17.000000
  |   17.000000|  123.000000|   11.000000|  115.000000|    0.000000|20693.333333| 7074.888889
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count of first choices. Candidates OKE, Cathy; LOUEY, Kevin; and ONG, Ken have reached the threshold and are
  | elected.
=======================================================================================================================
 2| 3808.671302|   64.787587|   73.848988|    5.702222|    8.000000| 3829.434154|   20.000000| 1895.530869|   34.000000
  | 3620.065927|   59.874797|    8.000000|   13.000000|  680.141004|  589.000000|  522.638801|    6.284352| 7081.767290
  | 2763.234048|   10.274816|   22.667968|   22.990464| 7076.430356|16668.642186|   13.808888|   20.370532|   18.085424
  |   11.688796|   31.909758| 6084.361097|   16.289642|    9.000000|   16.289642| 7083.962982| 1192.447936|   19.149089
  |   18.549906|  125.109405|   11.289642|  116.700099|    0.000031| 9611.247270| 7074.888886
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.715648; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297778; and ONG, Ken, 0.855179. Candidate WOOD, Arron has reached the threshold and is
  | elected.
=======================================================================================================================
 3| 3808.840219|   64.791584|   73.854348|    5.702286|    8.000000| 3831.439664|   20.000000| 1895.533437|   34.000000
  | 3621.905078|   59.877127|    8.000000|   13.000000|  680.145132|  589.000000|  523.216451|    6.285047| 7074.964317
  | 2770.761804|   10.855932|   22.855658|   22.995329| 7076.467278| 7075.551346| 9592.336245|   22.589468|   18.090710
  |   12.265175|   33.726094| 6085.361829|   16.696036|    9.000000|   16.291832| 7076.233061| 1202.105377|   19.165750
  |   18.561634|  125.113459|   11.291832|  117.107547|    0.021914| 2521.119972| 7074.886455
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.714953; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297714; ONG, Ken, 0.854084; and WOOD, Arron, 0.424444. Candidate PINDER-MORTIMER,
  | Beverley has reached the threshold and is elected.
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 4| 3808.946736|   64.791955|   73.854562|    5.702352|    8.000000| 3832.022894|   20.000000| 1895.533730|   34.000000
  | 3622.119186|   60.028536|    8.000000|   13.000000|  680.145374|  589.000000|  523.216588|    6.285054| 7074.973535
  | 2770.860174|   10.856027|   22.855911|   22.995378| 7075.290249| 7075.956191| 7076.048297| 2535.061440|   18.828492
  |   14.304190|   33.989969| 6085.469304|   16.847486|    9.000000|   16.292156| 7075.020493| 1203.431660|   19.168172
  |   18.563378|  125.113661|   11.292156|  117.107862|    0.026852|    2.859235| 7074.885906
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.714946; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297648; ONG, Ken, 0.853922; WOOD, Arron, 0.424405; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley,
  | 0.737557.
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 5| 3808.946932|   64.792027|   73.854628|    5.702369|    8.000000| 3832.024170|   20.000000| 1895.533767|   34.000000
  | 3622.119993|   60.028686|    8.000000|   13.000000|  680.145446|  589.000000|  523.216678|    6.285062| 7074.894757
  | 2770.937678|   10.856155|   22.856206|   22.995434| 7074.886620| 7075.060287| 7075.848568| 2536.577573|   18.829027
  |   14.305321|   33.990487| 6085.469853|   16.847660|    9.000000|   16.292188| 7074.888397| 1203.562729|   19.168413
  |   18.563551|  125.113730|   11.292188|  117.107974|    0.005446|    1.138873| 7074.888284
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.714938; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297631; ONG, Ken, 0.853906; WOOD, Arron, 0.424341; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley,
  | 0.737436.
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 6| 3808.946977|   64.792027|   73.854628|    5.702369|    8.000000| 3832.024430|   20.000000| 1895.533767|   34.000000
  | 3622.120108|   60.028746|    8.000000|   13.000000|  680.145446|  589.000000|  523.216688|    6.285062| 7074.894788
  | 2770.937704|   10.856165|   22.856209|   22.995434| 7074.886796| 7074.893706| 7075.011357| 2537.572208|   18.829317
  |   14.306122|   33.990618| 6085.469912|   16.847727|    9.000000|   16.292188| 7074.888471| 1203.562741|   19.168413
  |   18.563551|  125.113730|   11.292188|  117.107981|    0.012426|    0.138286| 7074.887509
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.714938; ONG, Ken, 0.853906; WOOD, Arron, 0.424331; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley, 0.737336.
=======================================================================================================================
 7| 3809.946977|   64.938121|   74.854628|            |    8.702369| 3832.024430|   21.000000| 1895.533767|   34.000000
  | 3622.120108|   60.028746|    8.000000|   13.000000|  680.145446|  589.000000|  523.216688|    6.285062| 7074.894788
  | 2770.937704|   10.856165|   22.856209|   22.995434| 7074.886796| 7074.893706| 7075.011357| 2537.572208|   18.829317
  |   14.306122|   33.990618| 6085.469912|   16.847727|    9.000000|   16.292188| 7075.742377| 1203.562741|   20.168413
  |   18.563551|  125.113730|   11.292188|  117.107981|    0.012426|    0.992192| 7074.887509
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating SYME, Wendy and transferring votes.
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 8| 3810.946977|   64.938121|   74.854628|            |    8.702369| 3832.024430|   21.000000| 1895.533767|   34.000000
  | 3622.120108|   60.028746|    8.000000|   13.000000|  680.145446|  589.000000|  527.216688|            | 7075.609726
  | 2771.222766|   10.856165|   22.856209|   22.995434| 7074.886796| 7074.893706| 7075.221543| 2537.572208|   18.829317
  |   14.306122|   33.990618| 6085.469912|   16.847727|    9.000000|   16.367063| 7075.742377| 1203.562741|   20.168413
  |   18.563551|  125.113730|   11.292188|  117.107981|    0.012427|    1.917316| 7074.887509
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating NORRIS, Maree and transferring votes.
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 9| 3810.947505|   64.938614|   74.855173|            |    8.702369| 3832.029942|   21.000000| 1895.534015|   34.000000
  | 3622.122856|   60.028981|    8.000000|   13.000000|  680.145858|  589.000000|  527.216900|            | 7074.898520
  | 2771.919242|   10.856741|   22.858698|   22.995938| 7074.887670| 7074.894012| 7074.895418| 2537.904668|   18.829913
  |   14.306455|   33.991210| 6085.472013|   16.847953|    9.000000|   16.367298| 7074.890132| 1204.406015|   20.169985
  |   18.564654|  125.114137|   11.292394|  117.108300|    0.006421|    0.025378| 7074.888176
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.714866; ONG, Ken, 0.853803; WOOD, Arron, 0.424331; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley, 0.737302.
=======================================================================================================================
10| 3810.947505|   64.938614|   75.855173|            |    8.702369| 3832.029942|   21.000000| 1895.534015|   34.000000
  | 3626.122856|   61.028981|            |   14.000000|  680.145858|  589.000000|  527.216900|            | 7074.898520
  | 2772.919242|   10.856741|   22.858698|   22.995938| 7074.887670| 7074.894012| 7074.895418| 2537.904668|   18.829913
  |   14.306455|   33.991210| 6085.472013|   16.847953|    9.000000|   16.367298| 7074.890132| 1204.406015|   20.169985
  |   18.564654|  125.114137|   11.292394|  117.108300|    0.006421|    0.025378| 7074.888176
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating PARISI, Nick and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
11| 3811.947505|   64.938614|   80.855173|            |            | 3832.029942|   21.000000| 1895.534015|   34.000000
  | 3626.122856|   61.028981|            |   15.000000|  681.145858|  589.000000|  527.216900|            | 7074.898520
  | 2772.919242|   10.856741|   22.858698|   22.995938| 7074.887670| 7074.894012| 7074.895418| 2537.904668|   18.829913
  |   14.306455|   34.693579| 6085.472013|   16.847953|    9.000000|   16.367298| 7074.890132| 1204.406015|   20.169985
  |   18.564654|  125.114137|   11.292394|  117.108300|    0.006421|    0.025378| 7074.888176
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating EDWARDS, Jason and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
12| 3811.947505|   64.938614|   80.855173|            |            | 3832.029942|   21.000000| 1895.534015|   34.000000
  | 3626.122856|   61.028981|            |   15.000000|  681.145858|  589.000000|  527.216900|            | 7074.898520
  | 2772.919242|   10.856741|   22.858698|   22.995938| 7074.887670| 7074.894012| 7074.895418| 2537.904668|   18.829913
  |   14.306455|   34.693579| 6089.472013|   17.847953|            |   20.367298| 7074.890132| 1204.406015|   20.169985
  |   18.564654|  125.114137|   11.292394|  117.108300|    0.006421|    0.025378| 7074.888176
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating KINSELLA, Marie and transferring votes.
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13| 3811.947505|   64.938614|   80.855173|            |            | 3832.605611|   21.000000| 1895.534015|   34.000000
  | 3626.122856|   62.028981|            |   15.000000|  681.145858|  589.000000|  527.216900|            | 7077.043118
  | 2778.630046|            |   23.714100|   23.566206| 7074.887670| 7074.894012| 7074.895418| 2537.904668|   18.829913
  |   14.306455|   34.693579| 6089.472013|   17.847953|            |   20.367298| 7074.890132| 1204.406015|   20.169985
  |   18.564654|  125.114137|   11.292394|  117.108300|    0.006421|    2.169976| 7074.888176
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating RHODES, Lachlan and transferring votes.
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14| 3811.947505|   64.938614|   80.855173|            |            | 3832.605611|   21.000000| 1895.534015|   34.000000
  | 3626.269053|   62.028981|            |   17.000000|  682.145858|  589.000000|  528.216900|            | 7077.043118
  | 2778.630046|            |   23.714100|   23.566206| 7074.931183| 7074.894012| 7074.895418| 2537.904668|   18.829913
  |   14.306455|   34.942460| 6089.472013|   17.847953|            |   20.367298| 7075.743935| 1205.406015|   20.169985
  |   18.564654|  128.114137|            |  119.108300|    0.006421|    3.066786| 7074.888176
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating LOH, David and transferring votes.
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15| 3811.948851|   64.939556|   80.856608|            |            | 3832.620041|   21.000000| 1895.534407|   34.000000
  | 3626.276078|   62.029364|            |   17.000000|  682.146951|  589.000000|  528.217438|            | 7074.896218
  | 2780.730017|            |   23.722254|   23.568159| 7074.908586| 7074.904689| 7074.895741| 2537.906284|   18.830416
  |   14.306679|   34.943195| 6089.477474|   17.848159|            |   20.367561| 7074.894051| 1206.249428|   20.171640
  |   18.565756|  128.115262|            |  119.109055|    0.020082|    0.065995| 7074.886658
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.714649; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297630; ONG, Ken, 0.853700; WOOD, Arron, 0.424331; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley,
  | 0.737302.
=======================================================================================================================
16| 3811.948851|   65.939556|   80.856608|            |            | 3833.620041|   21.000000| 1895.534407|   34.000000
  | 3627.276078|   62.029364|            |   17.000000|  682.146951|  589.000000|  528.217438|            | 7075.083954
  | 2780.730017|            |   24.082566|   25.568159| 7075.079922| 7074.982982| 7076.150902| 2538.735484|   19.835240
  |            |   39.363009| 6089.477474|   17.848159|            |   20.367561| 7075.747751| 1206.395728|   20.171640
  |   18.565756|  128.115262|            |  119.109055|    0.020085|    2.612221| 7074.886658
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating SWEETMAN, Fiona and transferring votes.
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17| 3811.949145|   65.939895|   80.856829|            |            | 3833.622561|   21.000000| 1895.534603|   34.000000
  | 3627.277563|   62.029611|            |   17.000000|  682.147125|  589.000000|  528.217537|            | 7074.897402
  | 2780.914109|            |   24.083343|   25.568330| 7074.890700| 7074.980411| 7075.033458| 2540.038958|   19.836298
  |            |   39.364662| 6089.478453|   17.848449|            |   20.367809| 7074.894506| 1207.239066|   20.173185
  |   18.566860|  128.115418|            |  119.109231|    0.024483|    0.265632| 7074.886169
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.714630; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297622; ONG, Ken, 0.853597; WOOD, Arron, 0.424326; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley,
  | 0.737171.
=======================================================================================================================
18| 3811.949145|   65.939895|   80.856829|            |            | 3833.622561|   21.000000| 1895.534603|   35.000000
  | 3629.277563|   68.029611|            |            |  682.147125|  590.000000|  528.217537|            | 7074.897402
  | 2780.914109|            |   24.083343|   26.568330| 7075.188322| 7075.278448| 7075.331525| 2540.145230|   19.836298
  |            |   39.364662| 6090.478453|   19.848449|            |   22.367809| 7074.894506| 1207.239066|   20.173185
  |   18.566860|  128.115418|            |  119.109231|    0.024485|    1.159358| 7074.886169
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating MACDONALD, Alex and transferring votes.
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19| 3811.949145|   65.939895|   80.856829|            |            | 3834.768964|   21.000000| 1896.534603|   35.000000
  | 3629.277563|   68.029611|            |            |  682.147125|  590.000000|  528.217537|            | 7074.897402
  | 2780.914109|            |   24.083343|   26.568330| 7075.188322| 7075.278448| 7075.331525| 2540.145230|   19.836298
  |            |   40.364662| 6091.478453|   19.848449|            |   23.617042| 7077.455297| 1209.824678|   28.198006
  |            |  128.115418|            |  119.109231|    0.024485|    3.720149| 7074.886169
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating SMITH, Leona and transferring votes.
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20| 3811.949524|   65.940720|   80.857142|            |            | 3834.772537|   21.000000| 1896.535132|   35.000000
  | 3629.280016|   68.030066|            |            |  682.147364|  590.000000|  528.217713|            | 7074.891705
  | 2780.924450|            |   24.083401|   26.568339| 7074.905283| 7075.015905| 7075.291892| 2540.715724|   19.838061
  |            |   40.367318| 6091.479862|   19.849123|            |   23.618201| 7074.893451| 1212.355860|   28.204757
  |            |  128.115588|            |  119.109578|    0.041288|    0.576726| 7074.884302
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.714629; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297610; ONG, Ken, 0.853288; WOOD, Arron, 0.424303; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley,
  | 0.737125.
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21| 3811.949545|   65.940721|   80.857142|            |            | 3834.772676|   21.000000| 1896.535133|   35.000000
  | 3629.280081|   68.030093|            |            |  682.147364|  590.000000|  528.217720|            | 7074.891760
  | 2780.924465|            |   24.083415|   26.568339| 7074.905372| 7074.899260| 7074.976091| 2541.165786|   19.838246
  |            |   40.367614| 6091.479896|   19.849156|            |   23.618216| 7074.885198| 1212.364057|   28.204777
  |            |  128.115588|            |  119.109584|    0.022705|    0.127015| 7074.886367
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.714629; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297610; ONG, Ken, 0.853287; WOOD, Arron, 0.424296; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley,
  | 0.737083.
=======================================================================================================================
22| 3811.949548|   65.940721|   80.857142|            |            | 3834.772694|   21.000000| 1896.535133|   35.000000
  | 3629.280087|   68.030098|            |            |  682.147364|  590.000000|  528.217720|            | 7074.891768
  | 2780.924466|            |   24.083418|   26.568339| 7074.905386| 7074.899276| 7074.889704| 2541.236846|   19.838278
  |            |   40.367671| 6091.479899|   19.849161|            |   23.618219| 7074.885202| 1212.364057|   28.204777
  |            |  128.115588|            |  119.109584|    0.037854|    0.047921| 7074.884683
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.714629; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297610; WOOD, Arron, 0.424296; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley, 0.737074.
=======================================================================================================================
23| 3811.949548|   65.940721|   80.857142|            |            | 3834.772694|   21.000000| 1896.535133|   35.000000
  | 3629.280087|   68.030098|            |            |  682.147364|  590.000000|  528.217720|            | 7074.891768
  | 2780.924466|            |   24.083418|   26.568339| 7074.905386| 7074.899276| 7074.889704| 2541.236846|   19.838278
  |            |   40.367671| 6091.479899|   19.849161|            |   23.618219| 7074.885202| 1212.364057|   28.204777
  |            |  128.115588|            |  119.109584|    0.037854|    0.047921| 7074.884683
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.714629; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297610; ONG, Ken, 0.853287; WOOD, Arron, 0.424296; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley,
  | 0.737074.
=======================================================================================================================
24| 3812.971755|   65.940721|   80.857142|            |            | 3834.772694|   21.000000| 1896.535133|   35.000000
  | 3630.280087|   68.030098|            |            |  682.147364|  591.000000|  528.217720|            | 7074.891768
  | 2780.924466|            |   24.083418|   27.270729| 7074.995482| 7074.899276| 7075.626778| 2547.818726|           
  |            |   47.072300| 6091.479899|   19.849161|            |   24.618219| 7074.885202| 1212.364057|   28.204777
  |            |  129.115588|            |  119.109584|    0.037856|    0.875091| 7074.884683
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating SHEN, Harvard and transferring votes. Candidates tied within precision of computations.
=======================================================================================================================
25| 3813.971755|   65.940721|   80.857142|            |            | 3834.919407|   21.000000| 1896.535133|   35.000000
  | 3633.280087|   69.030098|            |            |  682.147364|  591.000000|  528.364433|            | 7074.891768
  | 2780.924466|            |   24.083418|   27.270729| 7075.040530| 7074.899276| 7075.626778| 2547.818726|           
  |            |   47.072300| 6099.732930|            |            |   30.022587| 7075.738489| 1212.364057|   28.204777
  |            |  129.115588|            |  119.109584|    0.037857|    1.773426| 7074.884683
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating KENNEDY, Michael and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
26| 3813.971755|   65.940721|   81.857142|            |            | 3850.919407|            | 1897.535133|   35.000000
  | 3633.280087|   69.030098|            |            |  682.147364|  591.000000|  530.364433|            | 7074.891768
  | 2780.924466|            |   24.083418|   27.270729| 7075.040530| 7074.899276| 7075.626778| 2547.818726|           
  |            |   47.072300| 6099.732930|            |            |   30.022587| 7075.738489| 1212.364057|   28.204777
  |            |  129.115588|            |  120.109584|    0.037857|    1.773426| 7074.884683
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating ANDERSON, Michele and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
27| 3814.257126|   65.940721|   82.142513|            |            | 3853.204778|            | 1897.535133|   35.000000
  | 3633.280087|   69.030098|            |            |  682.147364|  591.164289|  530.364433|            | 7080.608800
  | 2789.563030|            |            |   31.980552| 7075.040530| 7075.020358| 7075.958211| 2547.861921|           
  |            |   47.147331| 6100.589043|            |            |   30.022587| 7075.738489| 1212.364057|   28.775519
  |            |  129.115588|            |  120.109584|    0.037858|    7.942973| 7074.884683
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating PODESTA, Jennifer and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
28| 3814.261200|   65.942786|   82.146739|            |            | 3853.242628|            | 1897.535885|   35.000000
  | 3633.297714|   69.030969|            |            |  682.150158|  591.164623|  530.365891|            | 7074.893333
  | 2795.159972|            |            |   31.993252| 7074.900099| 7074.949261| 7075.051260| 2549.002594|           
  |            |   47.149791| 6100.604855|            |            |   30.023158| 7074.902631| 1213.200163|   28.779242
  |            |  129.118504|            |  120.111432|    0.021860|    0.264279| 7074.886461
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.714052; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297604; ONG, Ken, 0.853185; WOOD, Arron, 0.424288; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley,
  | 0.736963.
=======================================================================================================================
29| 3814.261200|   66.045908|   82.293554|            |            | 3855.079768|            | 1897.535885|   35.000000
  | 3633.465638|   70.030969|            |            |  682.150158|  591.450571|  530.651839|            | 7076.321437
  | 2795.159972|            |            |   32.035233| 7075.197703| 7075.247279| 7075.051260| 2549.002594|           
  |            |   47.149791| 6101.898485|            |            |   30.023158| 7081.118893| 1226.576908|           
  |            |  130.118504|            |  121.111432|    0.021861|    8.504272| 7074.886460
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating HEWITT, Sally and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
30| 3814.263085|   66.048853|   82.296076|            |            | 3855.098562|            | 1897.537307|   35.000000
  | 3633.476303|   70.032140|            |            |  682.151380|  591.450804|  530.653444|            | 7074.904348
  | 2796.558271|            |            |   32.038650| 7074.894134| 7075.028792| 7075.290314| 2549.315821|           
  |            |   47.159049| 6101.907668|            |            |   30.026002| 7074.896894| 1232.737902|           
  |            |  130.119600|            |  121.112650|    0.001951|    0.571117| 7074.888673
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.713908; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297591; ONG, Ken, 0.852435; WOOD, Arron, 0.424267; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley,
  | 0.736946.
=======================================================================================================================
31| 3817.263085|   66.152503|   83.443641|            |            | 3855.202212|            | 1898.537307|   36.000000
  | 3635.476303|   71.032140|            |            |  682.151380|  591.526061|  530.653444|            | 7074.904348
  | 2796.558271|            |            |   32.038650| 7075.191725| 7075.028792| 7075.588335| 2550.422200|           
  |            |   48.306614| 6118.055233|            |            |            | 7075.495652| 1233.737902|           
  |            |  130.119600|            |  121.112650|    0.001952|    1.765487| 7074.888673
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating O’BRIEN, Sue and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
32| 3817.549177|   66.152503|   83.443641|            |            | 3856.060488|            | 1898.537307|   37.000000
  | 3635.762395|   71.032140|            |            |  682.151380|  595.514562|  530.653444|            | 7074.904348
  | 2817.540143|            |            |            | 7075.489316| 7075.326801| 7075.588335| 2550.422200|           
  |            |   49.306614| 6118.055233|            |            |            | 7076.348087| 1233.927684|           
  |            |  130.119600|            |  123.112650|    0.001952|    3.213522| 7074.888673
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating THIEL, Philip and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
33| 3821.652827|   70.152503|   84.443641|            |            | 3857.060488|            | 1911.537307|           
  | 3639.762395|   74.032140|            |            |  683.151380|  596.514562|  530.653444|            | 7074.904348
  | 2817.540143|            |            |            | 7075.533230| 7075.326801| 7075.588335| 2550.422200|           
  |            |   50.306614| 6118.055233|            |            |            | 7077.200522| 1234.927684|           
  |            |  132.119600|            |  123.112650|    0.001953|    4.109876| 7074.888672
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating CRAGG, David and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
34| 3822.652827|   72.603459|   84.443641|            |            | 3861.058027|            | 1911.537307|           
  | 3640.494457|   76.946184|            |            |  685.151380|  597.957257|  530.653444|            | 7076.078616
  | 2818.704855|            |            |            | 7076.903754| 7078.711655| 7079.311527| 2569.603572|           
  |            |            | 6118.055233|            |            |            | 7080.955343| 1235.367507|           
  |            |  133.695333|            |  123.112650|    0.001972|   17.517545| 7074.888670
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating WEI, Hope and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
35| 3927.117051|            |            |            |            | 3926.821374|            | 1961.949583|           
  | 3704.921513|            |            |            |  726.656907|  619.886180|  534.946876|            | 7098.576906
  | 2829.471556|            |            |            | 7085.234464| 7087.500353| 7088.017660| 2576.381530|           
  |            |            | 6145.535136|            |            |            | 7108.992020| 1251.988898|           
  |            |            |            |            |    0.001993|   93.878063| 7074.888668
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating D’CRUZ, Emily Lee; RUBBO, Mark Dattilo; DUTTA, Roshena; VISA, Moti; and van der CRAATS,
  | Anthony and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
36| 3927.174319|            |            |            |            | 3927.076118|            | 1961.968716|           
  | 3705.060607|            |            |            |  726.680702|  619.926426|  534.970048|            | 7074.960281
  | 2852.692689|            |            |            | 7074.949182| 7079.292730| 7088.500367| 2594.440318|           
  |            |            | 6145.644376|            |            |            | 7074.954181| 1285.687965|           
  |            |            |            |            |    0.020975|   18.223946| 7074.886559
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.711526; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.297157; ONG, Ken, 0.848346; WOOD, Arron, 0.423513; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley,
  | 0.735581.
=======================================================================================================================
37| 3935.174319|            |            |            |            | 3931.759193|            | 1964.671559|           
  | 4200.832957|            |            |            |  729.957948|  621.121828|            |            | 7078.517911
  | 2856.558111|            |            |            | 7076.223532| 7080.010228| 7089.218779| 2595.761180|           
  |            |            | 6149.644376|            |            |            | 7078.377503| 1286.149595|           
  |            |            |            |            |    0.020981|   27.915163| 7074.886558
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating ANDERSON, Gerard and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
38| 3938.080881|            |            |            |            | 3935.023612|            | 1967.671559|           
  | 4201.832957|            |            |            | 1325.657918|            |            |            | 7081.579826
  | 2858.583986|            |            |            | 7076.840513| 7080.442581| 7092.360525| 2598.282019|           
  |            |            | 6151.247196|            |            |            | 7079.225849| 1287.149595|           
  |            |            |            |            |    0.020983|   36.016504| 7074.886558
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating FISCHL, Leesa and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
39| 3946.877593|            |            |            |            | 3938.490441|            | 1970.602752|           
  | 4210.103716|            |            |            | 1327.873343|            |            |            | 7937.112099
  | 3206.233933|            |            |            | 7081.541914| 7085.730856| 7098.495490| 2603.796246|           
  |            |            | 6167.043337|            |            |            | 7100.075214|            |           
  |            |            |            |            |    0.023066|  928.523938| 7074.886327
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating PAGANO, Carlo and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
40| 3948.147964|            |            |            |            | 3944.094794|            | 1970.898376|           
  | 4213.032042|            |            |            | 1328.738535|            |            |            | 7090.075658
  | 4061.350223|            |            |            | 7075.271324| 7078.166031| 7086.226359| 2631.822312|           
  |            |            | 6169.424145|            |            |            | 7076.720471|            |           
  |            |            |            |            |    0.031766|   32.033043| 7074.885360
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep values of candidates who have exceeded the threshold: OKE, Cathy,
  | 0.634232; LOUEY, Kevin, 0.296878; ONG, Ken, 0.845337; WOOD, Arron, 0.422865; and PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley,
  | 0.733135.
=======================================================================================================================
41| 3972.231773|            |            |            |            | 5124.970329|            | 1987.619632|           
  | 4234.027803|            |            |            |            |            |            |            | 7102.014356
  | 4070.618741|            |            |            | 7076.854617| 7079.636280| 7088.028072| 2636.527421|           
  |            |            | 6183.035621|            |            |            | 7118.403571|            |           
  |            |            |            |            |    0.031784|   90.510106| 7074.885358
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating RAHAMAN, Azeezur and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
42| 5776.173831|            |            |            |            | 5176.777337|            |            |           
  | 4304.654339|            |            |            |            |            |            |            | 7110.553649
  | 4076.927244|            |            |            | 7080.658986| 7083.346009| 7091.954027| 2638.341667|           
  |            |            | 6197.962953|            |            |            | 7136.618149|            |           
  |            |            |            |            |    0.031809|  128.704045| 7074.885355
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating DOWNING, Luke S and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
43| 5786.826143|            |            |            |            | 5185.982055|            |            |           
  | 6849.105530|            |            |            |            |            |            |            | 7115.162331
  | 4082.420685|            |            |            | 7085.093048| 7092.473037| 7121.185887|            |           
  |            |            | 6208.932815|            |            |            | 7146.786423|            |           
  |            |            |            |            |    0.032046|  186.274081| 7074.885329
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating JETTER, Carl and transferring votes.
=======================================================================================================================
44| 6272.692129|            |            |            |            | 8642.433683|            |            |           
  | 6878.960219|            |            |            |            |            |            |            | 7139.383871
  |            |            |            |            | 7091.972663| 7101.312931| 7131.413829|            |           
  |            |            | 6230.508089|            |            |            | 7185.290275|            |           
  |            |            |            |            |    0.032311| 1842.495458| 7074.885299
  |——————————————————————————————————————–
  | Count after eliminating LEPPERT, Rohan and transferring votes. Candidate MAYNE, Stephen has reached the threshold
  | and is elected. The election is over since the number of candidates remaining is equal to the number of seats.
  | Candidates FOSTER, Richard; CHAMBERLIN, Kevin; and WATTS, Jackie are elected.

Winners are FOSTER, Richard; MAYNE, Stephen; CHAMBERLIN, Kevin; OKE, Cathy; LOUEY, Kevin; WOOD, Arron; PINDER-MORTIMER,
Beverley; WATTS, Jackie; and ONG, Ken.

x/y Pure Proportional Representation – minus the flaws

Analysis and recounting of the City of Melbourne “C9” Council elections produces a different result.

If we remove all the distortions that arise though the segmentation, wrong calculation of the surplus transfer value and the method of calculating the quota that was introduced last century back in the times of the typewriter when computer technology was not readily available we would have a true proportionality election. If we divided the number of votes by the number of vacancies (x/y) and allocated each vote a value of one and proportioned out the value of the vote with one single transaction per candidate, no segmentation the results of the election would have been

Order Candidate Group
1 LOUEY, Kevin TEAM DOYLE
2 OKE, Cathy THE GREENS
3 ONG, Ken GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
4 WOOD, Arron TEAM DOYLE
5 PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley TEAM DOYLE
6 MAYNE, Stephen STEPHEN MAYNE
7 WATTS, Jackie MORGAN ELLIOTT- PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
8 FOSTER, Richard OUR MELBOURNE
9 CHAMBERLIN, Kevin SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE

Greens candidate, Rohan Leppert would have been excluded.

The system that is currently in place is semi proportional at best and as a result of the method of calculating the surplus transfer value (based on the number of ballot papers as opposed to the value of the vote) the value of some votes increase at the a expense of others. It distorts the proportionality of the vote and does not accurately reflect the voters intentions.

The Greens received 15.62% of the primary vote which in pure proportional terms equates to 1.41 quotas.

After the distribution of preferences the Greens second candidate fails to reach quota and is excluded from the count.

If Victoria is to maintain public confidence in the electoral system the results of the election MUST be accurate and MUST reflect the intentions of the electorate. It must be proportional to the vote. Each vote must equal one value.

The flawed and outdated system of counting the vote was designed to facilitate a manual count, back in the days before calculators or computers. With the aid of computer technology and a more accurate method of counting the vote there is no justification to maintain the existing electoral systems.

If we calculated dividends or interest paid on financial transactions the way we calculate the vote our financial system would collapse over night.

Group Name ATL BTL Total % Quota % Quotas Remainder
OUR MELBOURNE 3,414 539 3,953 6.21% 0.56 0.56
STEPHEN MAYNE 3,148 680 3,828 6.01% 0.54 0.54
RESIDENTS FIRST:STOP THE RATES RIP-OFF! 1,703 226 1,929 3.03% 0.27 0.27
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE 3,242 444 3,686 5.79% 0.52 0.52
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP 561 73 634 1.00% 0.09 0.09
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP 560 73 633 0.99% 0.09 0.09
FORWARD TOGETHER 475 53 528 0.83% 0.07 0.07
THE GREENS 8,989 953 9,942 15.62% 1.41 – 1.00 0.41
TEAM DOYLE 22,915 949 23,864 37.48% 3.37 – 3.00 0.37
MORGAN ELLIOTT- PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY 5,598 516 6,114 9.60% 0.86 0.86
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING 7,596 708 8,304 13.04% 1.17 – 1.00 0.17
Ungrouped 249 0.39% 0.04 0.04
Sum 58201 63664 9 5 4
Quota



7074


Melbcity: VEC Missing Vote Tally cloaked in a veil of secrecy

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)’s Tally for the City of Melbourne shows votes have gone missing.  In spite the City of Melbourne’s Returning Officer. Bill Lang. claiming that the data provided to scrutineers was a complete copy of the below the line votes there are votes missing or added into the count that were not disclosed or included in the information provided to scrutineers.

Under the Local Government Legislation the VEC is required to reconcile the number of votes recorded in the computer database prior to running the execute button.  When requested to provide a copy of the reconciliation report the Returning Officer failed to do so.  We wonder why the secrecy?

In 2006 the VEC stuffed up the Legislative Council Northern Metro and Western Metro counts by entering in the wrong data into the computer, No attempt was made to reconcile the number of ballots recorded on the computer records with the number of ballots received.  It is this sought of sloppy administration and cutting corners that continues to bring the VEC into disrepute.  It is made worst when they seek to cover it up and deny information to scrutineers.

Bill Lang said at the scrutineer/candidate’s meeting that “the scrutiny of the ballot is not important”. Something we strongly disagree with.   The scrutiny of the ballot is just as, if not more, important than the counting of the votes.  Without scrutineers and access to the data there is no way of knowing if the results of the election are correct and that the votes have not been tampered with or that the data-entry is in fact a true record.

Public confidence can only be maintained if the conduct of the election is open and transparent and subject to independent scrutiny.  Something that the VEC has failed to enure is maintained

To highlight the extent of inconsistencies in the VEC’s record keeping

On Friday after the close of the poll the VEC reported they had received back a total of 66432 envelopes

The Official Election results published today reports:

Leadership Team (election of 1 Lord Mayor and 1 Deputy Lord Mayor)

Enrolment: 108514
Formal Votes: 62169
Informal Votes: 2827 (4.35% of the total votes)
Voter Turnout: 64996 (59.90% of the total enrolment)

Councillors (9 vacancies)

Enrolment: 108514
Formal Votes: 63664
Informal Votes: 1407 (2.16% of the total votes)
Voter Turnout: 65071 (59.97% of the total enrolment)
 Anyone viewing this information can tell from looking at the above that ballot papers have gone missing or not accounted for. There is a discrepancy between the Lord Mayors Ballot  (649996) and the Council Ballot (65071) of 75 votes – Presumably they were envelopes that had one ballot paper in them and not the other.

The number of missing ballot papers is greater as not all envelopes that have ballot papers missing would have had Council ballots in them and not the Leadership ballot, Some would have been the other way around.

What is a greater concern is that the number of envelopes reported as being received by the VEC on the Friday was 66432 some 1361 less Council Ballots and 1436 less Leadership ballots. Where did these ballots go?    They could have been ballot papers that were rejected, did not have a signature or no ballot papers were inside the returned envelope.  We just do not know, the VEC failed to provided a reconciliation report as required prior to running the count program.

There are a number of possible errors and faults that can occur with a computer count.  The wrong data can be transcribed and entered into the computers database, as we saw in Western and Northern Metro seats during the 2006 State Election. Votes could be removed from the count or even double counted.  Normally ballots are presorted, prior to counting, into primary votes.  This allows scrutineers to obtain an early primary figure which in turn is then used as a control/check digit to determine if any votes have been left out or mis-recorded.  The Victorian Local Government Act  (Sch 3 cl 11B) requires that votes be sorted into parcels based on the primary vote.  

The VEC sought to cut corners by skipping this very important step in the process of counting the vote and in doing so prevented scrutineers from being able to properly monitor the data-entry and counting process. They were left blind, bamboozled by the claims that the use of computers in the counting of votes was accurate,  But as we know this is not true – like that of a Magic Trick the audience can be readily deceived and distracted.

For the sack of saving $300 to $400 to have staff presort the Council below the line ballot papers into primary votes the VEC undermined and prevented the proper scrutiny of the ballot. The presorting of ballot papers could have been undertaken in parallel with the opening of and the sorting of ballot papers into above-the-line and below-the-line votes. There were only 5500 below-the-line votes – not an onerous task by any stretch..

The conduct of the election count was made worst by the VEC refusing to provide final copies of the computer data-file at the conclusion of the count. Scrutineers were again denied access to crucial information.  Review of the count sheet shows that the results of the election were within 350 votes which could have changed the election outcome.  A wrong figure punched into the computer a 7285 instead of 7825 is all that it would take to produce a different result and no one would know.
The VEC’s administrative processes are not good, they certainly do not meet the high professional standard that is employed by the Australian Electoral Commission. There is no independent oversight or review.  The VEC has not been vetted or certified to meet ISO 2000 quality control standards.  It is an organisation that is left wanting with little desire.  
$35 Million Misspent

The VEC spent over $35 Million Dollars developing software (Most of which was outsourced to India). It is still unclear who owns the intellectual property rights for the VEC’s election software?  

What we do know is that design of software that developed does not meet current IT industry standards. 
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is by far the better and more professional body. 

Given that the AEC already has in place computer systems and administrative procedures used to conduct elections we have to wonder what is it that Victorian Taxpayers get for their investment. 

Why do we have two public electoral authorities with duplicated resources  when we could have just one professional organisation.  

It is up to our parliamentarians (The Electoral matters Committee) to sort this mess out.  They have to act to restore confidence and integrity, put an end to excessive waste, secrecy and incompetence that engulf the Victorian Electoral Commission.  
The first step would be to subject the VEC to independent review by the office of the State Ombudsman and Auditor General.

Lord Mayor Vote Stats: 2CP

Based on a sample of 41213 votes (The VEC were unwilling to provide copies of the full data set of preferences, so much for their claim of openness and transparency – Computer based counts are not open or transparent in Victoria)

The following Two Candidate Preferred (2CP) statistics show Robert Doyle the clear winner against all candidates

Doyle 2CPP Split Other
60.50% Doyle/Shanahan (Chambelin) 39.50%
62.26% Doyle/Parkes (Greens) 37.74%
59.42% Doyle/Singer (John So – Melbourne Living) 40.58%
63.30% Doyle/Morgan (Elliot) 36.70%
61.29% Doyle/Nolte (Our Melbourne) 38.71%
67.74% Doyle/Rankin (Forward Together) 32.26%

Preference distribution table (To view – copy table below and past into document landscape mode)


ID#
Candidate
To
Team                                                          Preference
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
1
FORWARD TOGETHER
1
FORWARD TOGETHER
1438
2
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE
635
417
100
72
80
47
45
41
3
TEAM DOYLE
413
596
87
68
58
56
69
91
4
MORGAN ELLIOTT – PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
80
85
842
105
81
89
81
75
5
OUR MELBOURNE
84
92
136
572
390
69
49
45
6
THE GREENS
49
68
71
380
535
114
103
117
7
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
85
75
81
106
123
557
80
330
8
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
48
51
70
61
102
415
584
107
9
PUT PUBLIC FIRST
44
54
51
74
69
91
427
625
2
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE
1
FORWARD TOGETHER
344
1924
482
425
373
322
199
118
2
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE
4187
3
TEAM DOYLE
696
492
1801
288
234
141
205
329
4
MORGAN ELLIOTT – PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
340
349
375
333
1847
302
301
335
5
OUR MELBOURNE
1963
474
486
501
311
262
117
70
6
THE GREENS
362
312
311
326
437
1846
262
325
7
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
308
337
336
1877
388
489
277
172
8
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
73
160
230
261
323
491
2312
334
9
PUT PUBLIC FIRST
101
139
166
176
274
334
514
2482
3
TEAM DOYLE
1
FORWARD TOGETHER
1182
15671
2180
1759
1466
1302
1003
775
2
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE
15593
2277
1920
1571
1328
1028
1079
541
3
TEAM DOYLE
25342
4
MORGAN ELLIOTT – PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
2744
1436
1898
1360
14232
1214
921
1508
5
OUR MELBOURNE
1059
1747
1820
2737
2289
14538
777
349
6
THE GREENS
1164
1031
1150
1268
2075
1578
1397
15629
7
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
2729
1747
1308
14409
1318
1992
1085
748
8
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
426
807
14189
1300
1546
1973
3534
1563
9
PUT PUBLIC FIRST
445
626
877
938
1088
1717
15546
4101
4
MORGAN ELLIOTT – PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
1
FORWARD TOGETHER
275
495
780
696
698
3387
441
265
2
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE
517
841
738
685
510
446
3135
167
3
TEAM DOYLE
1514
638
446
316
304
281
318
3217
4
MORGAN ELLIOTT – PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
7039
5
OUR MELBOURNE
3358
664
673
845
680
434
232
133
6
THE GREENS
317
3133
445
450
616
566
501
1003
7
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
754
741
3233
488
496
636
402
289
8
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
146
296
399
3174
540
719
1204
559
9
PUT PUBLIC FIRST
158
231
325
385
3195
570
806
1368
5
OUR MELBOURNE
1
FORWARD TOGETHER
202
263
278
285
1079
239
185
137
2
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE
1107
340
317
243
231
229
152
51
3
TEAM DOYLE
283
322
244
231
183
201
202
1000
4
MORGAN ELLIOTT – PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
249
940
251
256
255
217
236
260
5
OUR MELBOURNE
2670
6
THE GREENS
378
203
200
214
260
974
187
250
7
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
254
328
1017
246
237
317
164
106
8
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
83
148
225
1003
225
298
473
215
9
PUT PUBLIC FIRST
114
126
138
192
200
195
1071
633
6
THE GREENS
1
FORWARD TOGETHER
318
539
691
989
4766
916
530
446
2
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE
541
701
892
4612
891
677
636
244
3
TEAM DOYLE
826
619
567
496
454
642
775
4815
4
MORGAN ELLIOTT – PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
338
404
512
633
790
4315
990
1209
5
OUR MELBOURNE
647
700
650
804
852
890
4213
398
6
THE GREENS
9196
7
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
1547
4446
766
545
452
692
461
280
8
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
4200
1076
701
570
531
584
947
584
9
PUT PUBLIC FIRST
779
711
4417
547
460
480
644
1156
7
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
1
FORWARD TOGETHER
466
762
921
885
970
4619
595
495
2
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE
3195
924
993
1041
1935
684
671
267
3
TEAM DOYLE
1431
913
668
1729
3161
558
484
763
4
MORGAN ELLIOTT – PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
704
737
1888
3511
947
731
568
618
5
OUR MELBOURNE
519
1991
3614
1049
1066
741
513
211
6
THE GREENS
2136
3214
673
553
569
941
707
912
7
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
9714
8
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
939
615
473
487
591
770
1526
4306
9
PUT PUBLIC FIRST
324
558
484
459
475
670
4650
2093
8
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
1
FORWARD TOGETHER
116
160
166
140
147
134
136
523
2
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE
74
133
186
572
165
175
152
66
3
TEAM DOYLE
125
130
523
133
125
155
172
160
4
MORGAN ELLIOTT – PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
62
100
106
180
211
569
138
154
5
OUR MELBOURNE
86
127
148
224
593
179
92
72
6
THE GREENS
154
556
148
102
117
122
164
157
7
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
296
193
99
88
79
113
563
91
8
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
1523
9
PUT PUBLIC FIRST
610
124
147
84
86
76
106
288
9
PUT PUBLIC FIRST
1
FORWARD TOGETHER
72
81
103
103
143
119
93
345
2
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE
44
315
110
151
117
115
170
37
3
TEAM DOYLE
47
62
61
70
95
179
326
218
4
MORGAN ELLIOTT – PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
47
57
87
94
204
297
134
138
5
OUR MELBOURNE
96
117
114
432
106
92
73
29
6
THE GREENS
426
100
187
70
40
96
65
75
7
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
100
198
311
82
75
96
127
70
8
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
227
129
86
57
279
65
71
144
9
PUT PUBLIC FIRST
1059

 

Victoria’s Proportional Voting System Not Accurate

Victoria’s Municipal Election Voting System is not proportional. At best it is only “semi proportional”.

Distortions in the way the vote is counted,  methods introduced as a means of assisting a manual counting process, seriously impact on the accuracy and results of the elections.

With the use of computer technology there is no justification or merit ion maintaining the current system.

The method of calculating the Surplus Transfer (Surplus divided by number of ballot papers) increases the value of ticket votes at the expense of individual votes. the Surplus transfer value should be based on teh value of the vote not the number of ballot papers.  Some ballott papers have a lesser value then others yet under the current rules they are disproportionally transferred at the same value

To add to the flaws in the system  ballot papers are segmented, grouped together by their transfer value and transferred in seperate transactions skipping candidates already elected and only to be allocated and counted at a higher value than if they have been transferred in a single transaction and allocated to the next candidate according to the voters nominated preference.

The principle that should apply is that a vote for an excluded candidate should be transferred as if the excluded candidate had not stood.  This is best achieved by resetting and restarting the count from scratch on every exclusion.

The Quota for election also distorts the proportionality of the vote in that the method of calculating the quota is determined by dividing the total number of votes by (the number of vacancies plus one)  (x/(y+1).  In a true proportional count it should be  just x/y.

These distortions were introduced into the system to facilitate a manual counting process.,  They are not accurate and do not reflect the voters intentions.

A plea for pure democracy and an accurate voting system

With a computerised counting system there is no justification or reason to maintain the current flawed counting procedures.  The system can and should be accurate.

  • The quota should be x/y. 
  • The method of calculating the surplus transfer value should be based on the value of the vote not the number of ballot papers 
  • There should be one transaction per candidate without segmentation.  

 If the number of vacancies has not been filled in a single iteration count then the candidates with the lowest votes should be excluded and the ballot reset and votes  redistributed according to voters nominated order of preference as if the excluded candidate has not stood.  One transaction per candidate redistributing all votes at the same time.

More information The Wright System

Election Results: Preliminary Analysis

The preliminary Analysis of the Melbourne City Council 2012 elections results indicate that incumbency and name recognition is the biggest winner. 

The Singer John So campaign failed to attract support with Gary Singer’s team polling the same percentage as they did in 2008.

The Greens vote also did not increase, although they have won two seats this time, primarily as the number of councillors had increased and, as a result, the quota  for election was less than in 2008. Down from 12.5% to 10%,

Incumbency and voter recognition was without doubt the main factor.  Robert Doyle had been on the news everyday you could not shut him up. Team Doyle outspent every other team combined.  It is estimated that they spent over $15,000 for every percentage point of the vote they received (approximately $30 a vote).

The winner was  Stephen Mayne, in the absence of an endorsed Labor Candidate and the power of the band names of John So, the Greens and Gary Morgan/John Elliot, was the next candidate highest candidate with a recognition factor.  Mayne polled 6% of the primary vote, 2 % more than expected, was the benefactor of a 2.5% surplus delivered to him by the Morgan/Elliot group (10.325%) which elected Jackie Watts and Gary Singer (12.5%), This  boosted Mayne’s primary vote to 8% placing him with a vote on par with the Greens surplus plus the allocation of preferences from the African Community Business group.

Team Doyle polled a strong 39% with a surplus of 9% (1% more than expected) after electing three candidates, placing Carl Jetter on a higher transfer vote than community candidate Kevin Chamberlin who had polled just below 6%.

Carlton identity and pharmacist David  Nolte team was boosted by support from “Stop the Rorts: Residents First group placing his lead candidate Richard Foster also in the 8% ball park.

Kevin Chamberlin was unable to pickup any preferences of real value and was excluded earlier than expected. Chamberlin’s preference vote when redistributed elected Stephen Mayne and the Greens second candidate, Rohan Leppert. Leaving Team Doyle’s fourth candidate, Carl Jetter, on the table with the wasted quota.

The results of the C9 Council election would have been different if the the system was pure proportional and did not use the Droop Quota system.  Droop Quota is derived by dividing the total number of votes by the number of vacant positions plus one (x / (9+1) = 10%).  A pure proportional system would have a quota calculated by dividing the total vote by the number of vacant positions (x / 9 = 11.11%)  That one percent was crucial in deciding the outcome