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The political party set to win two seats in Victorian election despite just 0.6 per cent of votes

The bizarre political party that’s set to win two seats in the Victorian election despite getting just 0.6 per cent of the vote

  • The Transport Matters Party is run by Victorian hire car owner Rod Barton
  • Despite securing just 0.6 of the vote, set to win two seats in Victorian election
  • A series of labyrinth deals lifted micro parties to new heights, winning nine seats

A political party established by frustrated taxi drivers is likely to win two seats in the Victorian election – despite only securing a tiny percentage of votes.  

The Transport Matters Party, run by hire car owner Rod Barton, is expected to claim the final seat in the Eastern Metropolitan district from the Greens.

This is despite securing only 0.6 per cent of the vote, compared to the Greens’ 9.3 per cent. 

The Transport Matters Party, run by co-founder Rod Barton (pictured), is likely to win two seats in the Victorian election – despite only securing only 0.6 per cent of the vote

Transport Matters, run by co-founder Rod Barton, (pictured) is likely to win two seats in the Victorian election - despite only securing a tiny percentage of votes

Transport Matters, run by co-founder Rod Barton, (pictured) is likely to win two seats in the Victorian election – despite only securing a tiny percentage of votes

The party also looks likely to snatch the final seat in South-East Metropolitan region from the Greens.

The stunning success can be linked to a series of labyrinth deals organised by Glenn Druery, better known as the ‘preference whisperer.’

Druery’s success has been his clever ability to persuade the smaller parties to exchange preferences with one another, rather than directing them to the major parties. 

The result was a number of smaller parties winning up to nine of the 40 seats in the new council.

One of the biggest winners was the party of Druery’s employer, Senator Derryn Hinch.

The Transport Matters Party is likely to win two seats in the Victorian election - despite only securing 0.6 per cent of votes

The Transport Matters Party is likely to win two seats in the Victorian election – despite only securing 0.6 per cent of votes

The Hinch party will certainly take the final seat in Western Metropolitan region from the Greens, after Catherine Cumming won 6 per cent of the vote.

The Shooters party retained its seats in Eastern Victoria and Northern Victoria, and are poised to win the final seat in Western Victoria. 

Labor scored huge swings across the state, exceeding 10 per cent in most seats, and is on track to win 19 of the 40 seats in the new chamber. 

Party votes – Victoria state election (67 per cent counted)

Australian Labor Party 

42.9 per cent

1,193,186

Liberal Party

30.4 per cent

844,776

The Greens

9.8 per cent

273,761 

Independents 

6.6 per cent

184,299 

The Nationals

5.4 per cent

149,297  

Other parties

4.9 per cent

136,980  

 Source: The Age

 

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