The 2016 Election results for the Beaufort Ward

Beaufort Ward (1 vacancy)

Results for this election have now been finalised. The following candidate is declared elected.

Elected candidates

Elected: O’CONNOR, Michael

Count summary

Enrolment: 1534
Formal Votes: 1128
Informal Votes: 65 (5.45% of the total votes)
Voter Turnout: 1193 (77.77% of the total enrolment)

First preference votes

Please note: all first preference percentages have been rounded to two decimal points.

Candidate First preference votes Percentage
KENDALL, Julie 373
33.07%
O’CONNOR, Michael 755
66.93%

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”. The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan @Louisestanley @MichaelOConnor #3373 ‪#‎DanTehan‬ ‪#‎Louisestaley #MichaelOConnor

Source https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Results/Council2016/pyreneesresult.html#e2

Jim Cox Interview episode 1

Welcome to episode one in the series of interviews we had with Mr Jim Cox. Jim and Mary run the Beaufort news agency and those picking up their papers or buying a lottery ticket know that Jim is always an interesting man to talk too.

In this episode we talk about the postal voting that was used for the contested seats, the challenges that lay a head for the newly re elected member for Beaufort ward, Michael O’Connor and the sharing of resources between councils.

 

 

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”. The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan @Louisestanley @MichaelOConnor #3373 ‪#‎DanTehan‬ ‪#‎Louisestaley #MichaelOConnor #Jimcox

Michael O’Connor Interview for the 2016 Local Elections

I had the opportunity to speak with the current elected Member for the Beaufort ward Michael O’Connor and hear his views on a wide rage of topics that relate to the electors of the Beaufort ward, well worth a listen.

Below is the interview in 5 parts.

The First is about Michael O’Connor

 

The Second is about the Challenges and Achievements for the Beaufort ward

 

The Third is about the the future Bypass of Beaufort

 

The Fourth is about a potential merger of the Pyrenees Shire in the future

 

The Fifth is about how Michael sees Beaufort and the Beaufort ward.

 

The other candidate for this Election is Julie Kendell due to scheduling issues I am yet to be able to make a time to interview Julie, I hope to do so soon 🙂

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”. The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan @Louisestanley @MichaelOConnor #3373 ‪#‎DanTehan‬ ‪#‎Louisestaley

Your vote matters the least.

Well it seems like the right time to say it your vote matters the least.

Nah hear me out…

Geeze mate could ya stop shouting for a sec?!!

Nah! NAH! Mate shut up and listen will ya?

Once in every few years you get to vote, state, federal, local some cases there are two people in some levels who are your representatives, YOUR REPRESENTATIVES!!!

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”. The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestaley‬

A message from the Special Minister of being Un-Australian…

When is a lobbyist not a lobbyist?…

When it is a small media company hired for propaganda purposes of course!!

prop·a·gan·da
ˌpräpəˈɡandə/
noun
noun: propaganda; noun: Propaganda
  1. 1.
    derogatory
    information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
    “he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda”

Social media does have a few faults, shocked you are but it is true.

One of them is that a propagandist, a person or people who are paid to influence opinion, can create social media pages, easily, to promote a particular political agenda and spin on events, anonymously. Why is that an issue? Because they are trying to manipulate us and they are being sneaky about it.

As an example, The government of the day, could pay a private media company to promote their agenda in a particular electorate, ie make the government look good to the people in that electorate.That media company would not be answerable to anybody because they are neither a lobbyist nor a government spokesperson.

There are rules about what the governments can say to us, I.E. they have to tell the truth. They have to be responsible for what they say and at the end of each advertisement they need to have a disclaimer,  “spoken by …. authorized by the Minister for…” so we the electorate, know what is what and said by who and it can be checked.

There are rules about who and how people are paid to influence the government,  they are called, lobbyist. Whats a lobbyist? “Lobbyist” means any person, company or organization who conducts lobbying activities on behalf of a third party client. Read more  here 

They have to follow a code of conduct which is a good thing if… “In performing this role, Lobbyists and Government Affairs Directors have a duty to act ethically, transparently, according to the highest standards of professional conduct and in accordance with probity requirements” More here

Clever little media companies have no such rules to follow. Especially if they are employed by the government of the day.

So how can you tell if a social media post is propaganda? There are a few things you can spot easily :-

  • they make a political party sound like they care about an issue in a way that makes you feel good about the story they are feeding you.
  • there will be pictures of cute animals in a way that makes you feel good about the story they are feeding you.
  • there will be pictures of cute children in a way that makes you feel good about the story they are feeding you.
  • there will be of pictures very handsome men and beautiful young women in the post that makes you feel good about the story they are feeding you.
  • This is the key indicator, you CAN NOT find out who wrote the post or started the page no matter how hard you try.

Why is this important?

Simply put, They are being lying, manipulative, condescending, smart arses, who think we are too stupid to spot what they are up too, so we we will do as they want. Screw them that just UN-Australian.

 

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”. The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestanley‬ ‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ I hope you do the same because by talking to each other, we can understand each other better and make our world a better place

 

Social media political ranter’s, I love you but…

My dear and most loved social media political ranter’s, I love you but you are going about it all wrong and it is painful to watch. Search the following tags to help you get you head around it, so you know what I mean 🙂

First dog on the moon rocks! @yourlocalrepresentative @yourstaterepresentative @yourstaterelegislativeassemblyrepresentative @yourFederalrepresentative @yoursenaterepresentative #austpol #democracymatters #beapartofit @aec

Politicians do care… about getting re-elected so chasing your vote is very important to them. So here are a few things you need to do and to understand to get your local, State or Federal representative’s attention and it is really simple. That is why they want to engage with you and hear what you have to say.

To do Number 1, First of all find out who they are. If you are not sure go to the Australian Electoral Commission website and use their search engine to find out, really easy. Copy their names and make sure you spell them correctly.

To Understand number 1, are your issues is it local, state or federal? You can tag all of them but they will care to varying degrees. I recommend being targeted, tag local representative for local issues, state for state and federal for federal. Easy as!

(Safety share:- If you have an opinion about another countries politics, feel free to have a rant but it will have no effect but you may get some “likes” at best.)

To do Number 2, Create your political tag. Encourage your friends in your local area to do the same; this is what it looks like… I live in (the name of your town, suburb or post code) @yourlocalrepresentative @yourstaterepresentative @yourstatelegislativeassemblyrepresentative @yourFederalrepresentative @yoursenaterepresentative

To understand number 2, most electorates for state and federal electorates in Australia have about 30,000 people in them. A safe electorate means the elected member would have a margin of say 5%+, about 1500+ votes and marginal seat could have as few as 1 vote to a few hundred. The more marginal the more likely they are going to care!

(Safety share:- It is the job of The Australian Electoral Commission to make sure this is the case so everyone’s vote has a similar value regardless of where you live.)

To do Number 3 you also can add #hashtags to define the topic you are particularly concerned about #norunningwithscissors #nunsthatlovebeefburgers and extra “Ats” @ to individuals or organisations that may care @scaredmummies or @nunsridingmotorbikes as examples.

To understand number 3, politics takes time. Be patient and persistent and people will start to listen or care enough to do something. Write at least 5 posts and any topic you are about. If after 15 years no one cares, maybe time to reconsider your opinion, just a thought.

(Safety share:- The Australian Electoral Commission are our democratic super heroes, respect to all of you girls and guys working there!!!)

To do Number 4 is one of the fun bits. After a few months of rants search the @’s and # you have been using and see if anyone else is also. If there are then encourage them through their social media posts. There maybe none, there maybe a few just keep doing it. You will get there and your elected representative will take note and maybe do something because they search the name of their electorate and their names often.

Have a go you never know someone might listen for a change!

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”.The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestanley‬ ‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ I hope you do the same because by talking to each other, we can understand each other better and make our world a better place.

Federal Election 2013 at the Beaufort polling booth

The results for the Federal Election 2013 at the Beaufort polling booth

Candidate :- CORBETT, Therese, Party :- Australian Christians, Votes :- 7, % of total Votes :- 0.62%

Candidate :- BARLING, Michael, Party :- Australian Labor Party, Votes :- 408, % of total Votes :- 36.14%

Candidate :- EMANUELLE, Tim, Party :-The Greens, Votes :- 81, % of total Votes :- 7.17

Candidate :- JOHNSON, Chris, Party :-Sex Party, Votes :- 29, % of total Votes :- 2.57%

Candidate :- HABERFIELD, Craig, Party :- Family First Party, Votes :- 12, % of total Votes :- 1.06%

Candidate :- TEHAN, Dan (Elected), Party :-Liberal, Votes :- 536, % of total Votes :- 47.48 %

Candidate :- FERGUSON, Bradley Ian, Party :-Palmer United Party, Votes :- 56, % of total Votes :- 4.96%

Candidate :- …… Party :-Other 0 0.00

FORMAL Votes 1,129, % of total Votes :- 94.16%
INFORMAL Votes 70, % of total Votes :- 5.84 %

TOTAL Voters 1,199
http://results.aec.gov.au/…/HousePollingPlaceFirstPrefs-174…

‪#‎Dantehan‬ ‪#‎federalliberalparty‬ ‪#‎Federallabourparty‬

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”.The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestanley‬ ‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ I hope you do the same because by talking to each other, we can understand each other better and make our world a better place.

State Election 2014 : Ripon District

State Election 2014 : Ripon District
First Preference Results by Voting Centre

Candidate: – TURNER, Scott, Party :- THE NATIONALS , Votes :- 129, % of total Votes :- 10.84%

Candidate: – MULCAHY, Peter, Party :- RISE UP AUSTRALIA PARTY , Votes :- 17, % of total Votes :- 1.43 %

Candidate: – McGLONE, Daniel , Party :- AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, Votes :- 429 , % of total Votes :- 36.05%

Candidate: – LEE, Mitchell , Party :- DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY (DLP) , Votes :- 12 , % of total Votes :- 1%

Candidate: – STALEY, Louise , Party :- LIBERAL, Votes :- 421 , % of total Votes :-35.38 %

Candidate: – LOITERTON, Kevin , Party :- AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIANS , Votes :- 3 , % of total Votes :- 0.252%

Candidate: – MAY, Rod, Party :- AUSTRALIAN GREENS , Votes :- 66, % of total Votes :- 5.55%

Candidate: – DOMASCHENZ, Trevor, Party :- AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY ALLIANCE , Votes :- 11 , % of total Votes :- 0.924%

Candidate: – FOWLER, Danielle , Party :- FAMILY FIRST, Votes :- 21 , % of total Votes :-1.76 %

Informal votes 81

Total votes polled 1190
http://www.vec.vic.gov.au/…/FPVbyVotingCentreRiponDistrict.…

‪#‎lousiestaley‬ ‪#‎victorianliberalparty‬ ‪#‎victorianlabourparty‬

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”.The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestanley‬ ‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ I hope you do the same because by talking to each other, we can understand each other better and make our world a better place.

Election Results

Here are the details for the latest election Results for the Federal seat of Wannon, The State seat of Rippon and the local seat of the Beaufort Ward.

All of these figures are for the booth that I vote in,  Federal seat of Wannon, The State seat of Rippon and the local seat of the Beaufort Ward.

The Federal Seat of Wannon

The State Seat of Rippon

The Beaufort Ward

 

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”.The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestanley‬ ‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ I hope you do the same because by talking to each other, we can understand each other better and make our world a better place.

 

Results for Pyrenees Shire Council Elections 2012 Beaufort Ward

Results for Pyrenees Shire Council Elections 2012

Beaufort Ward

Candidate: – O’CONNOR, Michael, Votes :- 745 , % of total Votes :- 67.36%

Candidate: – KENDALL, Julie Elizabeth F., Votes :- 361 , % of total Votes :- 32.64%

Total Enrolment: 1429

Formal Votes: 1106

Informal Votes: 30 (2.64% of the total votes)

Voter Turnout: 1136 (79.50% of the total enrolment)

Voters who did not vote 323 (22.60% of the total enrolment)

http://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Results/pyreneesresult2012.html#e2

‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ ‪#‎Pyreneseshire‬

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”.The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestanley‬ ‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ I hope you do the same because by talking to each other, we can understand each other better and make our world a better place.