THE major parties vying for Ballarat have both preferenced candidates from fringe parties in front of each other ahead of the federal election next week.
Ballarat MP Catherine King and Liberal candidate John Fitzgibbon have both put each other ninth on how-to-vote cards to be handed out at polling booths.
There are 10 candidates contesting the seat of Ballarat.
Labor has asked its voters to put candidates such as Anne Foster from the Australian Christians and Joshua Mathieson from the Australian Sex Party ahead of Mr Fitzgibbon.
The Australian Christians base their policies on biblical principles, while the Australian Sex Party believes in legalising marijuana and euthanasia.
The Liberal Party, meanwhile, has slotted in Ana Rojas from the radical anti-Islam Rise Up Australia Party and Shane Clark from Family First before Ms King.
Ms King has put Ms Rojas last on her Labor how-to-vote card.
Mr Fitzgibbon has allocated Greens candidate Stephanie Hodgins-May the final position.
Preferencing decisions are typically made by each party’s national executive, however Opposition Leader Tony Abbott made a “captain’s call” to put the Greens last.