Yes, it is possible (and recommended) to vote below the line in the senate and control your own preferences.
Voting above the line requires trust in your primary party to allocate preferences appropriately.
)There are a number of excellent explanations of the Australian electoral system available online.
Just Google 'Australia preferential voting' and look at the Wikipedia entry for example.
I had a great time face-painting with Luke and Sasha, met lots of kids and parents,scored some great books at the Trash n Treasure stall, and even remembered to vote.
Everywhere you looked people were enjoying themselves..a tribute to the organisers. Just to clarify the headline, the trap is for Labor voters not Greens voters.
Don't be intimidated by pushy party operatives handing out how-to-vote cards at the voting station. No one can decide the allocation of your preferences unless you specifically invite them to do so.
So, get some knowledge, make up your own mind and go to the polling station with an intent to get your own way.
(Perhaps Magnetic Times could do a story on the electoral system?
When people vote Greens in the senate, their vote will stay with the Greens ( probably) but a vote for ALP WILL be distributed to Katter I don't understand how these extra senate seats (anyone got an Australian political system for idiots guide?
)work, but isn't it always possible to take the loooooong voting slip and fill in your own preferences?
This is your individual chance to send your own message. I warned labor at the highest levels to bring in optional preferential before parliament finshed.
It is well worth learning properly about how to vote because the way political parties manipulate voters (because of their well known ignorance), whilst blatant and shameful, is easily countered by a little self-obtained knowledge.
Voting is an empowering experience - we should never let our politicians forget it.