Wilson Tucker (politician)

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Wilson Tucker
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Born
Wilson Robert Tucker

Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia [1]
Political party Daylight Saving Party (2016–present)
RelationsBrett Tucker (brother) [2]
ProfessionSoftware engineering

Wilson Robert Tucker is an Australian politician serving in the Western Australian Legislative Council for the Mining and Pastoral region. He was elected at the 2021 Western Australian state election for the Daylight Saving Party, with 98 primary votes, or 0.18% of the vote – believed to be the lowest primary vote for any politician elected to a parliament in Australia. [3]

He co-founded the Daylight Saving Party with his twin brother Brett Tucker in 2016, [2] and was an unsuccessful candidate for the South Metropolitan region in the 2017 state election, winning 0.79% of the vote. Tucker's 2021 victory was characterised as "one of the most unlikely victories in Australian political history", especially given the Mining and Pastoral region had one of the highest rates of opposition to daylight saving in previous state referendums on the issue. [1]

Tucker's 0.18% of the primary vote fell far short of the quota requirement; he reached the required quota of 6,603 with preferences from other microparties organised by Glenn Druery. [4] Liberals for Climate, Sustainable Australia, Western Australia Party, Great Australian Party, Health Australia Party, Liberal Democrats and some independents preferenced the Daylight Saving Party second on their group voting tickets. [5] His election, along with the election of Sophia Moermond and Brian Walker – two Legalise Cannabis WA candidates in the electoral region of South West and East Metropolitan with 2.21% and 2.63% of the primary vote, respectively – attracted criticism of the group ticket voting system. [6] [7] [8] ABC election analyst Antony Green tweeted "Elected as a Daylight Saving Party MLC from Mining and Pastoral Region, despite polling only 98 votes, and he doesn't actually currently live in the state. You couldn't get a better case of what's wrong with group voting tickets." [8] Tucker argued that his election was won in a system that "was nothing new" and had been used by the incumbent Labor government to their own advantage. [1] He later promised he would vote against daylight saving if he found it was inconsistent with the beliefs of his electorate. [9]

Tucker's election raised further controversy when it was revealed he had been working as a software engineering manager in Seattle, Washington, United States for several years at the time of his election. The only requirements to be elected in the Western Australian Legislative Council are that the candidate is at least 18, an Australian citizen, not subject to legal incapacity, an elector entitled to vote in a district and has lived in Western Australia for at least 1 year. [8] Tucker said he would return to WA to claim the seat. [10] [11]

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