Labor’s Dodgy Preferences in Melbourne Ports


Kevin Ekendahl isn’t the only person standing in Melbourne Ports with a distinctly anti-gay how-to-vote card.

Like his Liberal rival, Labor candidate Michael Danby – a recent and reluctant convert to the gay marriage cause – also sends his preferences straight to the homophobes at Family First, before swerving off to the Stable Population Party, who won’t let anyone into Australia unless someone else leaves to make room for them.

The next spot goes to the evangelical and even more anti-gay Rise Up Australia Party – led by Sri Lankan fire and brimstone preacher Danny Naliah – followed by the Liberals, Greens, Democratic Labour, Palmer United, and finally, the Sex Party.

The latter are represented by Jewish transsexual Melissa Star.

At the 2010 election, Ekendahl only trailed Michael Danby by 334 first preference votes, but Greens preferences got Danby over the line. And they will probably do the same again this time. Here’s the Greens how to vote card.


Unless, of course, people use their heads, ignore all the how to vote cards, and make their own decisions.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)