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Democrats record massive Victorian vote, trouncing One Nation - now for the Senate balance of power.

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Media Release


Senator Natasha Stott Despoja

Acting Leader of the Australian Democrats


15 August 1998




Democrats record massive Victorian vote, trouncing One Nation - now for the Senate balance of power



The Australian Democrats have recorded a massive 26.5 percent vote in the Victorian by-election, four times the vote received by One Nation, a sign of things to come for the Senate, said the Australian Democrats’ Acting Leader, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja.


“Australians have chosen a hard-working, moderate, tolerant Party over a divisive, intolerant, scapegoating one,” Senator Stott Despoja said.


“It is a choice which the Democrats hope and believe will happen all over the nation over the next month as we work to keep One Nation out of Senate seats, and away from the balance of power.


“It’s a great sign for my colleagues like Jim Downey in Victoria, who is directly up against One Nation’s divisive Robyn Spencer for a Victorian Senate seat; and it’s a great sign for Aden Ridgeway in NSW, who is directly up against One Nation’s puppet-master David Oldfield for a NSW Senate seat.


“Australians have voted overwhelmingly for a Party which really represents ordinary, fair-thinking Australians; a Party which works hard and sensibly, and which doesn’t rely on scapegoating and divisive stunts for publicity,” said Senator Stott Despoja.


Senator Stott Despoja said the Democrats were now in position to prevent One Nation from gaining power at the federal election.


“If the Democrats can win just one Senate seat in each state at the coming election — and on these figures we are right on track to do it — then we will directly prevent One Nation from getting their hands on power,” Senator Stott Despoja said.


“Ken Saunders has been a magnificent candidate; he embodies the Democrat spirit. I congratulate him and his hard-working team on not just what they have done for the Democrats, but in leading the way for Australia.


“A vote for the Democrats is Australians’ most direct means to stop One Nation — and tonight is a massive vote of confidence in the Democrats and our ability to do it,” concluded Senator Stott Despoja.



For comment contact Senator Stott Despoja on 0148 812 589 or Catherine

Wolthuizen on (02) 6295 9992


Senator Stott Despoja will also make a statement in Sydney on Sunday morning.