Pay-per-vote and the former Member for Dobell Craig Thomson - missed by 2 votes
Craig Thomson has dipped out on nearly $9,000 in pay-per-vote taxpayer funding - by 2 votes!
That's gotta hurt!
The Australian Electoral Commission tells us:
In order to be entitled to election funding a candidate must obtain at least four per cent of the formal first preference vote.
Funding entitlements are calculated using an indexed sum per first preference vote. At the 2013 federal election, each first preference vote was worth 248.800 cents.
I've attached the final result for the seat of Dobell below.
There were 86,140 formal first preference votes.
4% of 86,140 is 3,445.6 - higher than .5 rounded up so 3,446 votes was the cut-off to qualify.
Craig got 3,444 votes - close, but no cigar! Wonder what he would have done with the $9,000?