Also if you give a minority party your primary vote then they at least get some funding for the next election and aren't simply wiped off the liberal/labor landscape. Even if you know your greens/independent/alternate party favorite wont be elected, by going them your first preference and then second or further down to liberal/labor you are allowing their voices and opinions to be heard.
I look at the parties that are entering candidates in my electorate, then look at all their polices (there are some doozies). I then look at each candidate on their own merit to pick who goes where below the line. I take my own 'how to vote card' to the polling booth.
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