The Pickering Post
Wednesday, 12th December 2018

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Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


The following are instructions on how to vote in the Senate from the AEC’s web page. Similar instructions are shown on the AEC’s television advertising. The trouble is that the instructions are plain wrong... or else the enacted legislation is wrong.

What you need to know

To vote for Senators in your state or territory at the 2016 federal election, you must fill in your ballot paper in the order of your choice. You can do this by voting either above the line or below the line. [correct]

Voting above the line

If you vote above the line, you must number at least six boxes from 1 to 6. [incorrect, you can vote simply 1, or 1 to 6 or any number you want in order. If you make a mistake your voting will be valid up until that mistake is made. In other words if by accident you vote 1,2, 3, 5, it is valid up to and including 3.]

By voting above the line, your preferences will be distributed in the order that the candidates appear below the line for the party or group you have chosen. Your preferences will first be distributed to the candidates in the party or group of your first choice, then to candidates in the party or group of your second choice and so on, until all your preferences have been distributed.

Voting below the line

If you vote below the line, you must number at least twelve boxes from 1 to 12. [incorrect, same as above the line, you can vote in order for as many or as few as you wish IN ORDER.]  By voting below the line your preferences will be distributed to the individual candidates as numbered on your ballot paper, in the order of your choice.

You can check the AEC’s web page instructions here:

You can compare the legislation here:


So I called the AEC to ask for an explanation.  After the usual run around, with press 1 for this and 2 for that, I finished up in the legal office asking how can this be. “Yes we know about that”, said someone called Brian, “yours is not the only phone call we have had”.

“Okay” I replied. “When will you be pulling the TV ads and correcting the web page information?”

“Oh we won’t be doing that”, Brian said. “You see that’s only an amendment and we are only authorised to publish the information in the original legislation.” “But it’s bloody wrong”, I said.

“Yes I agree it IS (my emphasis) wrong.” Brian admitted. “Do you realise if voters follow the way you have framed the instructions it will favour the major parties?”, I asked. “Yes, it appears it will”, he said. “Maybe that’s the way they want it”, I thought as I hung up. And who will complain?

It seems the AEC might have to re-run a Senate election across Australia and not just in WA like last time if this false information is allowed to stand!

And someone forgot to tell the legal dept of the AEC that amendments to legislation are still law. And someone forgot to tell a lady called Andrea in the AEC Office how to explain to people asking for information. She maintained the web page was correct.

Crumbs, where are you Mr Trump?


Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has told Sky News that placing just a '1' above the line on Senate ballot papers would be formal, clarifying the Australian Electoral Commission's latest advertisement.

The 30-second television commercial explains the changes to the way senators are elected, which will make it harder for micro parties to gain office.

Minister Cormann said the advertisement campaign was accurate and consistent with the laws passed last month, but that people could vote just '1' because of savings provisions which prioritise 'voters' intent'.

'In the end despite the guidance and instruction that is enshrined in the law that you should number at least six boxes above the line, at least 12 boxes below the line, in the end it is our responsibility to err on the side of the franchise, to err on the side of voter intent,' he said.
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Sorry Harry have other things to do. Make the occasional daily visits to check up on the trolls and comment on the nonsense that they bring up. Amazing how often you are the one with the most nonsense. So I just slap you down a bit and then get on with my life. It's all good fun Harry so don't get upset.

In my honest are all floggers. Saddler I don't need to apologise to any of the basket cases such as you three stooges. You talk about your old man being proud of the Anzacs, that's great, we all are. But what he is responsible for is dragging a communist moron like you into the world . The carry on you go on with tying yourself to the military is so lame when your poisonous treason is smashed over this site day in day out. That silly old hypocrit Rumpole tethers himself to you like a wet blanket. You are all very sad and pathetic but at least Twodogs has gotten on with it and left for other threads to start a fresh. Why don't you two come out into the open and continue instead of hiding here bickering and feeding your shortcomings on the back threads. Simple. Cowards.

You are flogging a dead head (sorry, dead horse) Saddler.

Sorry Saddler.

Gee Rumpole who's doing your material.....? Madonna...

Hey Harry, you said you wanted to soar with Eagles yesterday, are you one of those walking Eagles like Obama, so full of excrement that you can't get enough lift off to fly.

Just so we are clear Poodles. The surrounding morons comment was not directed at you but Saddler. Yes I did say all those that harbour the same view were in the same basket. In honesty I did not read your particular comment until I received your spray. I am attracted to Saddler's comments as a hobby first. Anyway I am not retracting I had fun and this is our first fight in a long affair. As the dog says....see you on the hustings.

I suppose an OLD soldier yearns for the sleeping aggression to awaken to bring the cortisol levels back into kilter, glad I could be of assistance Twin Poodles. Toodles. WALKIES.

I wish when I went fishing I could catch them that easily. See ya Poodles.xxxx You sweet transvestite.

Hello again harry, you shallow minded loser. I just like keeping your blood pressure up. Comprehension really is a weak point for you, isn't it? runs hand in glove with a challenged IQ. Go back to the 5th comment in this string and see who started this so called "brawl". He is a pathological thug, Rumpole and he has very little, if any, control over the kindergarten rants... It may be ice driven or rum, either way his brain has been addled... Ta Ta HH, with love, Two Poodles xx

Book. Sorry.

Good one Rump. You are one of the neigh sayers. Thwwwppphhhww. Go read a bool, you might learn something. See you still don't won't to argue the facts as presented. Go figure who is dumb or incapable Gennie _ass

Why don't you let your horse do your talking for you Harry, I am sure his/her comments would at least give us a horse laugh. But then again perhaps he/she is as dumb as you although I doubt that is possible.

Hey Two Poodles. How come you keep saying goodbye and I am not worth the effort and you keep coming back and ranting away again. That tells me you have a short attention span like your very old mate Rump. A match made in heaven.

You cannot argue the facts Rump you are so rigid with the Libs and brainwashed by the establishment. Oh well those aluminium saucepans are dangerous I concede. I mentioned the above recent announcements and you gloss over them. You sense nothing strange. Talk about low IQs pot calling the kettle black.

I wish you weren't I said go back to bed and go easy in the Zimmer frame.

It's still showing Harry.

All the way with ALA. Go back to bed and have a nanny nap pal.

So is your own Rumpole you pompous little upstart. Liberals swapping preferences with Greens, a former Green Senator and love child of Bob Brown slipped into leading Liberal advisory role. Look who has their head up their rectum Rump....Well named head up your Rump.