Tex Perkins tells supporters to vote Labor, votes Green himself

November 29, 2014 – 9:00AM

By Scott Tibballs

Mr Tex Perkins, an independent candidate for Albert Park. PICTURE: Wikimedia Commons

Mr Tex Perkins, an independent candidate for Albert Park. PICTURE: Wikimedia Commons

The battle for Albert Park took an interesting turn the day before the election, with celebrity candidate Tex Perkins telling the Gold Coast Bulletin that he didn’t even vote for himself, nor the party that he endorsed with his preferences.

Instead, the famous rockstar said he voted for Greens candidate Mr David Collis, because ‘his preferences go to Labor’.

Mr Perkins ran a single issue campaign, aiming to save the Palais Theatre, but effectively bowed out of the race when Labor promised to fix the landmark theatre. He urged his followers to vote Labor – but seems not to have followed that advice himself.

UniPollWatch spoke with Mr Collis to get his take on the development.

‘Even Tex Perkins knows the best way to save the Palais is to vote Green’ said Mr Collis.

He added that the Greens have long been advocating for the restoration of the Palais, and had committed to fight for the entire funding packing required to achieve that goal, – a total of $40 million, rather than ‘up to $13.4 million’ as promised by Labor.

Greens Senator for the Southern Metropolitan Region Sue Penniciuk had reacted to Labors promise to the Palais by pointing out that despite claiming credit, Mr Foley had only ever mentioned the Palais Theatre in parliament once in his entire seven years in office.

A fact-check by UniPollWatch confirmed that claim.

Mr Collis said that Mr Foley might be responding to the profile of Mr Perkins advocating for the Palais, but ‘he certainly hasn’t been advocating for the Palais within parliament.’

scott.tibballs@unipollwatch.org.au ( @SJ_Tibbs)


Scott Tibballs is a Master of Journalism student at the University of Melbourne