No favours between Greens and Labor in WA

The preferences for the WA senate election reveal Labor and the Greens have done each other no favours ahead of the April 5 poll.

Labor and the Greens will do each other no favours in the re-run Western Australian senate election, with both sides preferencing a slew of minor parties ahead of each other.

And billionaire Clive Palmer, who has ambitions to win two senate seats in WA, will have to rely on the strength of his Palmer United Party campaign, after being given little help from any micro-party preferences.

After Saturday's deadline for formalising the group voting tickets for the reprised election, the Australian Electoral Commission publicly released the preference deals on Sunday.

Labor's move to place the Secular Party, the Animal Justice Party, the Sex Party and the Voluntary Euthanasia Party ahead of the Greens on its voting ticket appears to be an insurance policy for second candidate Louise Pratt.

The move had been predicted by the "preference whisperer", political strategist Glenn Druery, who has again played a major part in brokering alliances between the major and minor parties contesting the poll.

In their preferences, the Greens favoured the WikiLeaks Party, the Pirate Party and the Socialist Alliance ahead of Labor - although they did single out Ms Pratt for preferential treatment, placing her higher than any other Labor candidate.

The Palmer United Party will receive preference flow from the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, the Australian Voice Party and the Family First Party.

And Mr Palmer sent a message to sitting Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, listing him way below his five fellow Greens candidates.

A total of 77 candidates will run in the election on April 5, a record number for a WA Senate poll.

The election is being repeated after 1370 senate ballots went missing during a recount after the September federal election, and will be the fourth time WA heads to the polls since the state election in March 2013.

Restaging the ballot is estimated to cost more than $20 million.

Source AAP

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