Make It Count
On Election day, you will receive a green ballot paper for the House of Representatives. Don’t worry if you make a mistake, you can always ask for another ballot paper and start again. Number every box on your green ballot paper.
On the green ballot paper, you need to put a ‘1’ in the box beside the candidate who is your first choice, ‘2’ in the box beside the candidate who is your second choice and so on, until you have numbered every box. You must number every box to make your vote count.
Did you know when you vote 1 for someone they make money?
This year, the rate is 262.784 cents per eligible first preference vote. A candidate or Senate group is eligible for election funding if they obtain at least 4% of the first preference vote in te division or the state/territory they contested. The amount to be paid is calculated by multiplying the number of votes obtained by the current election funding rate.
How much do they earn?
The avergae full-time Australian worker earns about $72,000 year and the typical federal backbencher base salary is $199,040.
Did you know…
Division of Flynn was names after Reverend John Flynn (1880-1951), founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.