Who ARE the Ungrouped? Candidates for Qld Senate 2019

Donkeyvotie is my favourite quick rundown on parties, but they rarely have time for the ungrouped as they cover all states, and the only Queenslander you'll learn about briefly is the very last name on our ballot, Paul Stevenson of the Mental Health Party, and I can't help but agree with Donkeyvotie's observation we could all do with some psychotherapy after this election, but I wouldn't call it a single issue party as much as a unifying lens.

Not that you have to agree with any of their jocular opinions, but its a great way to get the parties sorted in your head.

If you are still bewildered by the One Nation offshoots, wonder if Sustainable Australia is an environmental party (Hint:NO) or wonder what happened to Senator Online (It changed its name again, to use up all allowed six words and added three exclamation marks) and want something a bit more journalistic to consult, the Guardian has a great article.

You can also give the smartvote quiz a go to find a compatible representative. I was dubious about my results but I suppose it's better than a facebook or okcupid quiz.

Not everyone realises the AEC page that tells you where you can go to cast your vote in Brisbane also gives you the contacts for ALL THE CANDIDATES so you can ask them directly what they stand for. But the Ungrouped are, as a group, particularly bad at having their websites findable, so I'm going to add them below.

UG 1 LO-DEAN, Debby Independent Business Owner
Mobile: 0402 963 392

Gold Coast local. "Small Business and Serving the Community"

UG 2 SHARPE, Gary Robert Independent Fitter & Turner
PO Box 2769
Mobile: 0458 422 168

Buggered if I know what he stands for. If I can't even find a facebook page I tend to lose interest. But you can ring him if you want.

UG 3 LARCOMBE, Paul Independent Self Employed
PO Box 1821
Mobile: 0433 937 083

Disability activist.

UG 4 HASLER, Jane Independent Sociologist

Social justice advocate. Kind of wish I could find more than a linkedin. I appear to have found a letter to her rep urging them to support equal marriage, and she did fill out this survey so among the candidates whose answers you can compare to yours, as well as the smartvote quiz.

UG 5 WOODWARD, John Independent Farmer
632 Scrub Rd
Phone (home): 07 5484 6419
Phone (work): 07 5484 6419
Mobile: 0419 672 410

Anti-banks, and previously voted for Pauline Hanson because of her policies in that area, but became disillusioned. I'm surprised he's not a Citizen's Electoral Council party candidate.

UG 6 McARTHUR-WILLIAMS, Nicholas Independent Foreign Currency Broker
Mobile: 0481 239 177

"Compassionate Capitalism" supporter. Has a youtube as well as a linkedin.

UG 7 GHULAM, Hassan Independent Community Worker
Mobile: 0427 711 166

Refugee Advocate, President of the Hazara Ethnic Society

UG 8 WHARTON, Wayne Independent Company Director
Mobile: 0408 064 900

Aboriginal elder

UG 9 MURPHY, Amanda Independent Teacher
Mobile: 0420 715 459


UG 10 STEVENSON, Paul Joseph The Australian Mental Health Party Psychologist
Phone (home): 07 3232 1254 Phone (work): 07 3232 1254

My favourite ballot organiser is If you like to vote independent and number every square, you can put the UG first as a party group, get your parties sorted, then drag and drop individuals anywhere you like! Handy if you have a particualar person you want to put last. Print it out and when people wave their how to vote cards at you, you have one to wave back!

ClueyVoter is also offering their public service again this election, which is good if you just use Ungrouped Independents as a sort of buffer between your likes and dislikes. The "pollie-filler" strategy.

We have two sets of Grouped Independents this election, R and X.

If your remember bRavehearts founder (child protection advocate),

and eX-Family First candidate (would protect children against Safe Schools and abortion), you'll have them sorted which is which.


Finally, Cate has given bonus Eurovision song themes to her review of policy pages, this election. Check them out.

A Rise Up Australia Party
B Pauline Hanson's One Nation
C United Australia Party
D Liberal National Party of Queensland
Ok, Cate's a Victorian, so we have to pick our own Eurovision Theme song here. Add yours in comments.
E Involuntary Medication Objectors (Vaccination/Fluoride) Party
F Climate Action! Immigration Action! Accountable Politicians!
G Animal Justice Party
H The Greens
J Australian Labor Party
K Independents For Climate Action Now
L Australian Workers Party
M Australian Better Families
N Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party
O Australian Conservatives
P Labour DLP
Q Katter's Australian Party (KAP)
R Not Affiliated Johnston, Hetty and Mureau, Sue
Website above the Democracy Sausage link above. I'm going to pick a theme."My vmeste"(We Are Together)won for Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005
S The Great Australian Party
T Pirate Party
U Sustainable Australia
V Love Australia or Leave
W Shooters, Fishers and Farmers
X Not Affiliated Moore, Tony R and Moore, Cartia
Website above the Democracy Sausage link above. I'm going to pick a theme. It represented Malta and was the winning song at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. "Not My Soul".
T Pirate Party
Y Liberal Democrats
Z Citizens Electoral Council
UG Ungrouped
All the info I have found at the start of the post. If you want to pick them Eurovision theme music, go for it!

And here's a note from Dr Bonham on how to make your 2019 Australia Federal vote most effective.

Who ARE these preferences? And why do we need six above the line?

Hello! Things have changed since last federal election. Dr Bonham explains the easiest and hardest ways to vote.

There's a whopping hundred and twenty-two candidates for the Qld senate this time. Thirty-six parties and nineteen independents. I made a spreadsheet and re-organised all Victorian political commentator, Cate's posts about parties in Qld ballot order. There's black and white logos on the real ballot sheet this year, which helps you find your party, but the spreadsheet was supposed to be the lazy way, so I just coloured the squares above the party names a vague approximation of party colours. The hard work was collecting the new style How To Vote cards. Its quite volatile and parties have changed them around since they started campaigning. Not even the ABC is completely up to date:

I've transferred them to the space above the boxes on the spreadsheet.

Of the three good ballot organiser sites we had three years ago, only one is running.
Thankyou for your service, and is handy to quickly sort all parties into five categories of two thumbs down, thumbs down, don't care, thumbs up, and two thumbs up. So you know which new parties to use as poly filler between ones you hate and ones you'd like a closer look at.

The baton has been picked up by

And of course, the most important navigation site. Where to go to get your democracy sausage.

Who ARE these parties? (And can we meet their candidate on Tuesday?)

Last federal election, I was on a mission to find out who the obscure people were on my senate ballot so my vote could be more informed. It's more difficult and expensive to appear on ballot papers at this year's federal election, so there are no ungrouped candidates, and only two lots of independents, but there are more parties than ever before. There are eighty-two senate candidates in Queensland, and the ballot paper is a metre long, even though we don't have to worry about Wikileaks Party, Coke In the Bubblers, Bullet Train, Future Party, 21 Million or several other new ones. Four familiar parties are also not contending the Queensland senate this time. Carer's Alliance, Socialist Alliance, Fred Nile's Christian Democratic Party, and the Citizen's Electoral Council.

The new socialists in town are The Socialist Equality Party. There's now Australian Christians for the conservative Christians, but they believe in reducing carbon emissions, unlike Fred Nile whose party "remains agnostic" about climate change. And Rise Up Australia has replaced CEC in Queensland as the generally low-preferenced weird mob that harbour conspiracy theorists. Weirder, it seems.

GetUp has tried to amusingly explain the role of the senate with "Game of Thrones" characters, here:

GetUp has also arranged a Senate Candidate Meet where audience members can ask questions.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM
The University of Queensland, Abel Smith Theatre (Bld 23)

GoT is probably the best allusion to explain the unlikely alliances made through preference deals. Group Voting Tickets are all about who they hope gets killed off first in the count and leaves our voting power to them when we vote above the line. Hopefully there'll also be a record number of voters directing their own preferences. If you've never done it before and are worried you'll stuff it up, you can number above the line as a backup, as below takes precedence unless found invalid.
You can print your own "how to vote" card, which you can brandish on your way in at everyone trying to hand you "how to vote" cards. includes a hyperlink to each party's offical website in the first column, and allows you to compare two different party's preferences with a second. A "W" shows that candidate has a wiki and links to it. Here I'm comparing the two lots of independents' tickets.
Their websites are the only ones not included, so I'll put them here.

C (unendorsed) KEIOSKIE Peter TAYLOR Roland
There is pretty much only one news report on them.

U (unendorsed) RUDD Greg and daughter, DINSEY Emily
It's pretty easy to find news for the prime minister's older brother.

There are three good sites for organising your ballot. This one is handy to quickly sort all parties into five categories of two thumbs down, thumbs down, don't care, thumbs up, and two thumbs up. So you know which new parties to use as poly filler between ones you hate and ones you'd like a closer look at.

Results for 2010 Qld senate election with wiki entry hyperlink. (Letter references for QLD 2013 ballot)
B Liberal National Party of Queensland 1,015,062 votes(41.42%) 3 elected
G Australian Labor Party (ALP) 720,182 (29.39%) 2 elected
Q Australian Greens 312,804 (12.76%) 1 elected
X Family First Party 83,786 (3.42%) 3rd last excluded
AA Australian Sex Party 63,586 (2.59%) 2nd last excluded
N Liberal Democratic Party 55,222 (2.25%) 4th last excuded
AF Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party 48,547 (1.98%) Last excluded from final seat.
AB Shooters and Fishers Party 42,669 (1.74%) 6th last excluded
H One Nation 22,353 (0.91%) 5th last excluded
Y Australian Democrats 19,019 (0.78%) 7th last excluded
All others combined 67,281 votes (2.76%) Appearing again are:
I Australia First Party (NSW) Incorporated
M Senator Online (Internet Voting Bills/Issues)
Z Democratic Labour Party (DLP) (In Vic, DLP was elected on 2.33% because of preferences.)
AENo Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics
AJ Secular Party of Australia

So, Katter and Palmer's high profile excepted, parties you might not have heard of are:
A - Animal Justice Party
D – AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENTS Founded by Patricia Petersen, and described as "Socially progressive yet economically conservative" in the brief Described by a Victorian blogger as "Moderate left wing Christians."
E – Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party
F – AUSTRALIAN VOICE An alternative model of party, such as senator online. Whereas SO generally aligns with left parties, AV aligns right. A voice prioritising "small business operators and primary producers." Specialist committees. But not one on asylum seekers or they wouldn't call them "illegal immigrants" as its not a technically correct term.
J – Socialist Equality Party
K – Australian Protectionist Party
L – Building Australia Party
O – Outdoor Recreation Party (Stop the Greens)
P – Pirate Party Australia
R – STOP CSG One issue conservationist party. Preventing Coal Seam Gas mining.
S – Australian Stable Population Party
T – Australian Christians
V – Katter's Australian Party
W – Republican Party of Australia
AC – UNITING AUSTRALIA PARTY was legally threatened by Clive Palmer over their name despite having registered it eight months before he got into politics. Mentions "illegal immigrants" in their policies which always stops me reading further. Feel free to chase up the hyperlink to their website through
AD – Rise Up Australia Party
AG – Palmer United Party
AH – Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party
AI – SMOKERS RIGHTS One issue libertarian party convened by LDP candidate.
Smoker's rights, Republican Party, and Stop the Greens all preference to LDP. While a libertarian I know states they are all separate parties despite sharing some office holders, the preference flow for all their tickets obviously was designed by the same person. Fine if you are happy to go along with their Game of Preferences. But as with all the other parties, numbering up to 82 will give you the satisfaction of controlling your entire vote and spoiling their careful machinations.

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Has anyone noticed that there are so many amway people around in brisbane recently? I got annoyed by 3 amway people in the last 2 months.

One, when I was waiting for the bus to come
Two, during my lecture by this other person (I don't know if she was a student or not because she didn't have the lecture notes or even a notebook with her)
Three, this random person called me pretending to be someone from career one

It's soo annoying. (Ok I am sorry if you are from amway and I genuinely hope that you succeed in your business venture) I also hope that it is not against the rules to make this post. if it is I will delete it but beware of amway. They will try to sell you tickets to courses costing $200+, their overpriced products, business development CDs and get you to open a business which is unlikely to succeed. If someone you don't know starts becoming really nice to you and starts talking to you then they might be from amway so make sure you have a good excuse ready to get away from them.

It might just be me who thinks that amway isn't a good business opportunity. You are free to disagree with me but I am free to express my opinion.