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Ballot papers make it easy being green

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer

Tasmanian Liberals want the colour of federal ballot papers changed because they may favour Greens candidates.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will address the Liberals' state council meeting in Launceston on Saturday, where more than 60 motions will be debated.

One resolution on the agenda calls for the Australian Electoral Commission to change the colour of the House of Representatives ballot paper from green because it provides "free subliminal advertising for the Greens inside polling booths".

The paper is green because that is the colour of the lower house chamber in Parliament House, which mirrors the House of Commons in the UK.

Another motion calls for an end to the five cent coin, which the Southern Young Liberals say is becoming irrelevant.

Mr Turnbull told reporters in Hobart he looked forward to following the coin debate, saying it was a "fair point".

There will also be debate on a motion to abolish the Safe Schools anti-bullying program, which has been criticised by conservatives within the party because of its emphasis on gender and sexual diversity.

The Liberals lost three seats to Labor in Tasmania at the July election, with many blaming union campaigners and the activist group GetUp.

The prime minister said on Friday political parties needed to "be more engaged with the people they seek to represent.

"You've got to make sure that your candidates, your representatives, are able to reflect the aspirations and give voice and practical policy outcomes to the aspirations of the people that you seek to serve," he said.

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