Ticket I – Secular Party of Australia http://www.secular.org.au/
Formed in 2006 by John Goldbaum, the Secular Party is a left-wing progressive party with a main platform of the separation of church and state. They merged with the Freedom From Religion Party in 2007, and contested the 2007 federal election as an independent ticket as they weren’t registered as a party with the AEC. In 2008 – 2009 the party became active in Senate discussions on taxation of churches and same sex discrimination, and registered as a federal political party in 2010.
For: separation of church and state, promotion of international secularism, human rights, social justice, freedom of expression, individual liberty, pro-choice, same-sex marriage, sex education in schools (to also include such things as contraception, anti-homophobia, gender quality, etc.), voluntary euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, access to IVF for lesbians, equal rights for non-religious people, secular and free universal education, freedom of thought, secular qualified counsellors and student welfare officers in schools, tertiary education funding, secular school curriculum, more funding for disadvantaged public schools, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, civil celebrants to have equal rights and status with ministers of religion (in terms of conducting marriages, witnessing statutory declarations, GST exemptions, etc.), equal rights and freedom from discrimination for all, an Australian Bill of Rights, decriminalising abortion, all abortion procedure and medications and all contraceptives to be available under Medicare and the PBS, a ban on all identity-hiding garments/items (including religious wear and non-religious wear such as bike helmets) in public places where there are legitimate security/safety concerns or where personal identification is required, copyright to be reduced to 50 years after the author/creator’s death, the freedom of owner’s to use and copy purchased items on a private and non-commercial basis, a carbon tax, an International Coal Tax on coal exports, all low carbon energy sources (including nuclear), addressing anthropogenic climate change, tightening the regulations for complementary medicine, all medical research that benefits humanity and has appropriate ethical oversight, Tobin tax, encouraging new technologies, reducing the trade deficit, increasing the competitiveness of Australian industry, balanced budgets over the long term, eliminating world poverty, a Charities Commission to supervise administration of not-for-profit organisations, the mineral resource rent tax, more public housing, social welfare, housing affordability, economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable immigration, sustainable humanitarian immigration, review of the current asylum seeker system, prospective migrants to commit to respecting Australian values, prospective migrants to commit to respecting/following Australian law before religious law, evidence of compliance with the Australian Values Statement to be provided as a prerequisite to gaining permanent residency or citizenship, legal standing oaths to be replaced secular affirmations or pledges of loyalty to principles with an optional religious oath afterwards if the person requests it, parliamentary prayers to be replaced by a secular oath, incarceration to emphasise rehabilitation and harm minimisation over punishment, Australia becoming a republic, defence restructure to be more self-reliant, the International Criminal Court, development of international corporate law, Israel and Palestine to form one secular state with all citizens being equal, replacing Iraq’s Islamic constitution with a secular one.
Against: censorship, religious dogma, government support for religious schools, religious attire at schools, religious indoctrination of children, theocracy, hereditary privilege, anti-discrimination exemptions for religious schools/businesses, religious objections limiting scientific research, government subsidies and tax breaks for religious organisations, religious education in schools, National Schools Chaplaincy Program, government funding for schools that already have adequate financial resources per student, religious activities in school within school hours, cultural and religious practices which specifically limit the rights and freedoms of women, hospitals that receive government funding (and their staff) refusing to carry out abortions, pharmaceutical staff being allowed to refuse to administer prescribed medication due to religious objections, religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws, blasphemy laws, internet censorship, intellectual property rights derived from non-creative findings (such as the human genome), the current Free Trade Agreement with the USA, Medicare rebates for alternative medicine therapies that have not passed safety and efficacy tests, any hospitals/medical services that receive government funding displaying religious paraphernalia or allowing religious doctrine to influence offered medical practices (regardless of the ownership of the hospital/medical service), cosmetic research testing on animals, sanctity of life prohibitions on medical research, free markets, tax exemptions for religious organisations, unwarranted cuts to social welfare, the baby bonus and other policies that encourage a higher birth rate, xenophobia, demonisation of asylum seekers, religious oaths having legal standing, references to God in the citizenship pledge, religious food certification as part of food labelling standards, sharia law, legal recognition of Indigenous Australian traditional law, the British monarch as the Australian head of state as it is a violation of the separation of church and state, alliances predetermining our defence strategy, Islam, multiculturalism as it applies to religion and religious cultural practices, the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, Israel as a Zionist state, the Iraq war.
Preferences go to:
Top 10: Australian Democrats, Sex Party, The Wikileaks Party, Pirate Party, The Australian Republicans, The Greens, Liberal Democrats, Drug Law Reform, Help End Marijuana Prohibition, Animal Justice Party
Bottom 10: Smokers Rights, Shooters and Fishers, One Nation, Stop the Greens, No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Citizens Electoral Council, Rise Up Australia Party, DLP, Family First, Australian Christians
Where will my vote likely end up?: The Greens or Labor