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Aug. 27th, 2013

2013 Victorian Senate Ballot - Ticket O – Shooters and Fishers

Ticket O – Shooters and Fishers http://www.shootersandfishers.org.au/

The Shooters and Fishers Party was formed as the Shooters Party in 1992 by John Tingle. They were deregistered by the AEC in 2004 for failing to contest a federal election for four years. They were reregistered later in 2004, but then deregistered again in 2006. They reregistered as the Shooters and Fishers Party in 2007. They are a conservative party focussing on anti-gun control and pro-outdoor recreation.

Their policies:
For: family values, multiculturalism, hunting, shooting, fishing, political incorrectness, Australian values, access to public lands and waters for all recreational users, balanced consideration of environmental/social/economic issues irrespective of land classification, grazing as wildfire management, firewood harvesting, controlled clearing, prescribed burning, commericial use of pest animals, the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and principle of ‘Sustainable Use’ reaffirmed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, UN treaties on maintaining biological diversity and sustainability, budgeting only as much foreign aid as we can afford without borrowing or compromising domestic aid programs, increased competition in the retail sector, border protection, increasing water storage capacity/water distribution networks, water conservation, food security, land ownership security, water security, expanding the irrigation network, developing more high-production agricultural land, increased registration and scrutiny of foreign-owned lands, lower threshold for reviews of foreign investment, discussion of population control, expanding nature-based (hunting and fishing) tourism, recreational fishing in marine reserves, employment legislation and taxation to be more small business-friendly, energy self sufficiency, anthropogenic climate change denial, expansion of the mining industry, rebuilding the timber/forestry industry, live exports, increased investment in defense

Against: marine protected areas that are not based on ‘sound scientific evidence’, foreign aid set at a percentage of GDP, market domination in the retail sector, illegal immigrants, illicit drugs, smuggling of illegal firearms, 1996 National Firearms Agreement of COAG, Commonwealth Firearms Registry, Commonwealth gun control legislation, foreign ownership of agricultural land and water rights, mineral resource rent tax, carbon price, emissions trading schemes, subsidising alternative energy sources while we still have coal/natural gas/uranium reserves, animal liberation based hate campaigning and terrorism

Top 10: Australian Voice Party, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Bullet Train for Australia, Bank Reform Party, Australian Independents, Family First, Australian Christians, Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party, Sex Party, No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics

Palmer United Party, Liberal/The Nationals, Australian Labor Party, Secular Party of Australia, The Wikileaks Party, Pirate Party, Stop CSG, Animal Justice Party, Socialist Equality Party, The Greens

Where is my vote likely to end?: Family First or the DLP

2013 Victorian Senate Ballot - Ticket N – Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party

Ticket N – Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party http://aflp.org.au/

The Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party formed in 2006 as a breakaway of the Fishing Party, founded by Robert Smith in 2000. The Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party registered as a federal political party in 2007. The breakaway and registration is currently a matter before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the federal court. The Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party is opposed to any measures that threaten outdoor recreation.

Their policies:
For: private enterprise, small government, Australian sovereignty taking priority over international obligations, secure borders, Australia-wide standardisation of services, ethnic diversity, research and investment into new economic activities, tuna fisheries in Australia’s exclusive economic zone part of the Coral Sea, commercial fishing, recreational fishing, sustainable fishing, aquaculture, revegetating river beds, sea conservation, siltation control, pollution control, forestries, redefine the role of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, keep Marine Parks small and research focused, involve private enterprise in marine parks and research, more fishing in the Great Barrier Reef

Against: no-fishing zones, Coral Sea Heritage Park, fishing limits, Great Barrier Reef Marine Part, pollution/siltation/Crown of Thorns/eutrophication/anchors/spear guns/algal blooms/overfishing being considered significant human-related threats to the Great Barrier Reef

Top 10: Australian Voice Party, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Bullet Train for Australia, Bank Reform Party, Australian Independents, Family First, Australian Christians, Shooters and Fishers, Sex Party, No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics

Bottom 10: Palmer United Party, Liberal/The Nationals, Australian Labor Party, Secular Party of Australia, The Wikileaks Party, Pirate Party, Stop CSG, Animal Justice Party, Socialist Equality Party, The Greens

Where will my vote likely end?: Family First or the DLP

2013 Victorian Senate Ballot - Ticket M – Smokers Rights

Ticket M – Smokers Rights http://smokersrights.org.au/

The Smokers Rights Party was formed in 2013, and has a platform of removing cigarette taxation and anti-smoking laws. They are one of four micro-parties run by the same people, and have caused some controversy in the 2013 election by working out preference deals with other micro- and minor parties, but failing to lodge their Victoria preferences with the AEC.

Their policies:
For: reducing cigarette taxes, allowing retailers to decide whether to sell tobacco products and how to display them

Against: excessive taxation on cigarettes, anti-smoking laws applying to private property (such as clubs and pubs), plain packaging laws

Preferences go to: Preferences not lodged

Aug. 26th, 2013

Victorian Senate Ballot Ticket L – Stable Population Party

Ticket L – Stable Population Party http://www.populationparty.org.au/

The Stable Population Party was formed by William Bourke in 2010 as the Stable Population Party of Australia, and changed its name to the Australian Stable Population Party in 2012. Members come from a wide range of ideological backgrounds, including former members of the Liberal Party, the Australian Labor Party, and The Greens.

Their policies:
For: stable population, economic sustainability, ecological/environmental sustainability, fiscal responsibility, sustainable living, limiting government birth payments/child subsidies to each woman’s first two children (including Family Tax Benefit A and paid parental leave), zero net migration, reduction of annual permanent immigration to 80 000, adoption of a formal population policy, refugee intake of 14 000 – 20 000 included within the permanent immigration quota, foreign aid to be tied (where possible) to improvement of economic and environmental sustainability and to focus on female rights/education and reproductive health and voluntary family planning services, diplomatic endeavours to help deal with issues preventing people from living in peace and harmony in their homelands, voluntary family planning, reproductive health, food security, innovation and sustainable development, investment in research and higher education, sustainable water use, water security, environmental protection, relieve overstretched infrastructure, ease cost of living pressures

Against: population growth, high consumption, the Trans Tasman Travel Arrangement, selection of immigrants based on race or religion, racism, asylum seekers needing to take dangerous boat journeys, overpopulation, overdevelopment

Preferences go to:
Top 10: Animal Justice Party, Senator Online, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Bullet Train for Australia, Australian Democrats, Stop CSG, Australian Independents, Help End Marijuana Prohibition, Australian Voice Party, Bank Reform Party

Bottom 10: Australian Labor Party, Liberal/The Nationals, Socialist Equality Party, DLP, Shooters and Fishers, Smokers Rights, No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Rise Up Australia Party, Citizens Electoral Council, Stop the Greens

Where is my vote likely to end?: Family First or The Greens.

Victorian Senate Ballot Ticket K – Bank Reform Party

Ticket K – Bank Reform Party http://brp.org.au/

The Bank Reform Party was formed by journalist, PR and media advisor Adrian Greig Bradley in 2012, and registered as a federal political party in 2013. It grew out of lobby group UnhappyBanking, which was predominantly made up of unhappy BankWest customers. Before aligning with UnhappyBanking and forming the Bank Reform Party, Bradley headed up BankWest’s PR department from 2008 to 2011, and is currently suing BankWest for unfair dismissal. The Bank Reform Party aims to fill the place in Australian politics formerly held by the Australian Democracts.

Their policies:
For: effective corporate watchdogs, fair and affordable legal systems, fairness and accountability, non-bank lenders, tougher anti-predatory lending practices, greater transparency on fees and charges, cap bank bonuses and executive salaries, review the relationship and obligations between banks and lenders, encourage more competition in the banking sector, examine dismantling the ‘Four Pillars’ policy in the banking sector, reforming the ATO, reforming the supermarket sector, reforming the oil company sector

Against: banking/supermarket/fuel cartels, red tape, wasteful government spending

Preferences go to:
Top 10: Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Building Australia Party, Help End Marijuana Prohibition Party, Stable Population Party, Senator Online, Stop CSG, Bullet Train for Australia, Animal Justice Party, No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Australian Voice Party

Bottom 10: Group AJ, Pirate Party, Citizens Electoral Council, Stop the Greens, Smokers Rights, The Australian Republicans, Palmer United Party, ALP, Liberal/The Nationals, The Greens

Where is my vote likely to end?: Family First or DLP

Victorian Senate Ballot Ticket J – No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics

Ticket J – No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics http://www.climate-sceptics.com.au/

The No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics were formed in 2009, and registered as a federal political party with the name ‘The Climate Sceptics’ in 2010. They changed their registered name to ‘No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics’ in 2011. They rallied against Al Gore’s appearance and speech in Melbourne in 2009, and in 2010 organised a tour of Australia by Lord Monckton.

Their policies:
For: anthropogenic climate change denial, Royal Commission into climate science, a national plan for water infrastructure to rural communities and industry, desalination plants, water recycling, [bushfire] fuel reduction measures, highest level broadband for lowest possible cost, housing affordability, land release for housing development, faster public transport, satellite cities, incentive-based environmental policies that reward good land-care outcomes, unemployment programs to be provided by community groups instead of centralised bureaucracies, public funding for new political parties and independents commensurate with that for established parties, publicly funded television and radio time to give equal balance to all viewpoints, pension increases linked to cost of living, all/most fuel tax income to be spent on transportation infrastructure, public servants being redeployed rather than retrenched, incentive-based programs in the public service.

Against: any legislation that uses carbon dioxide as a criterion, Parliament paying attention to ‘climate alarmism’, governments appropriating property rights of Australians, carbon pricing, emissions trading scheme, carbon reduction schemes, work for the dole, raising the retirement age, inefficiencies in government service, citizen initiated referenda.

Preferences go to:
Top 10: Rise Up Australia Party, DLP, Family First, Drug Law Reform, Australian Voice Party, Australian Christians, Help End Marijuana Prohibition Party, Animal Justice Party, Building Australia Party, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party

Bottom 10: Ungrouped, Group AJ, Group T, Country Alliance, Socialist Equality Party, Secular Party of Australia, Australian Democrats, ALP, Liberal/The Nationals, The Greens

Where is my vote likely to end up?: DLP or Family First

2013 Australian Election: Victorian Senate Ballot Guide - Ticket I – Secular Party of Australia

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.

Their policies:
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

Victorian Senate Ballot Ticket G – Country Alliance

Ticket G – Country Alliance http://www.countryalliance.org/

The Country Alliance was founded in 2004 by Mansfield Mayor Russell Bate and five others. It was registered as a state-level party in Victoria in 2005, and contested the 2006 and 2010 Victorian State elections. It was registered as a federal-level party in 2011, and the 2013 election will be the first federal election that it has contested. It bills itself as an ‘anti-green but pro-environment’ party, and focuses on issues around regional/country areas and outdoor recreational activities.

Their policies:
For: rural and regional Australia, outdoor recreational activities (boating, fishing, shooting, rodeos, four wheel driving), decentralisation of state and federal government, ‘traditional values, culture, views and aspirations of Australian communities and especially those in rural and regional areas’, creation of a Department of Agriculture based in Shepparton, boat ramps, waste services for camping grounds in state parks/reserves, funding for research and development in the dairy sector, funding to improve efficiency at dairies, government promotion of outdoor recreational activities, studies into the economic benefits of outdoor recreational activities, improved educational facilities in rural and regional Victoria, financial consequences for protestors, lower stamp duty for houses that have fire refuges, availability of firearms used for hunting and target shooting irrespective of their use by military or police, firing ranges, a statutory authority to oversee game hunting, allowing the consumption/use of any animal or waterfowl taken legally under a pest mitigation program, trial and junior game licenses, making it easier to collect fallen timber for firewood, increased investment in fishing, expanded fishing programs, review of the effectiveness of marine parks, recreational fishing allowed in marine parks, study on the ecological/socio-economic impacts of commercial and public use of estuaries/inlets/bays, better health and specialist health services in rural and regional Australia, scholarships to attract doctors to regional areas, logging in water catchment areas, recreational motorbike licenses for 14 – 18 year olds, payroll tax exemption for regional Victorian businesses to be raised to $1 million, improved pest species management, indefinite government leases on land used for community activities (such as golf courses), review of the number of poker machines in use with regard to problem gambling, better access to public land for outdoor recreational activities, development of renewable energy sources, clean coal, exporting brown coal, water and water infrastructure remaining in public hands, dams, full and fair compensation must be provided to any entitlement holder who has that entitlement removed or adjusted by the government.

Against: carbon pricing, emissions trading scheme, protests against the forestry industry and other industries, compulsory evacuation of communities at risk of bush fires, federal legislation that impacts on recreational fishing activities, VCAT rehearing/deciding on planning issues, poker machines outside of casinos and racing venues, poker machines being able to accept $50 notes, privatisation of public assets, shutting down coal fired power plants, the creation of more national and marine parks until the management of existing parks is assessed as adequate (with the assessment to include genuine local community and user group consultation), fluoride in water supplies unless the local community genuinely supports it, environmental water being sourced from the water market, permanent water trade out of irrigation districts,

Top 10: Katter’s Australian Party, Sex Party, DLP, Liberal Democrats, Helen Kroger (Liberals), Shooters and Fishers, Mehmet Tillem (ALP), Liberal / The Nationals, Australian Labor Party, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party

Bottom 10: Stop CSG, Family First, Australian Democrats, Stable Population Party, Citizens Electoral Council, Socialist Equality Party, Rise Up Australia Party, The Wikileaks Party, Animal Justice Party, The Greens

Where is my vote likely to end?: DLP or the Coalition

Aug. 24th, 2013

2013 Australian Election: Victorian Senate Ballot Guide - Ticket G – Family First

Ticket G – Family First http://familyfirst.org.au/

Family First was founded in 2001 by former Liberal Party member Bob Day. It’s a socially conservative party focusing on Christian family values, and many of the members are conservative Christians, although the party itself is non-denominational. Several Liberal MPs have left the Liberal Party for Family First, as well as MPs and candidates from One Nation, the Christian Democratic Party, and Katter’s Australian Party. Pastor Danny Nalliah was a Family First member and Senate candidate, until he was asked to leave the party in 2009 following comments he made about non-Christians and gay people. Family First’s only federal seat to date has been a seat in the Victorian Senate from 2005 – 2011.

Their policies:
For: social and economic self-reliance, family support programs to assist with carers, supporting stay at home mothers and fathers, equal paid parental leave for both working and stay at home mothers, family counselling, family mediation, drug education programs, home ownership, releasing land for housing stock, privatise planning approvals, school principals and councils to be free to hire/fire staff and make decisions on school infrastructure projects, high level of autonomy for schools, workplace development and incentives to attract disability care workers, increase carer financial support, increase respite care, make the cost of medical aids/equipment necessary for disabled people to participate in work and education to be tax deductible, development of information and communication technologies to improve quality of life for disabled people, expansion of medical and therapeutic early identification and intervention services for disabled infants and children, supported access to education/employment/medical care/housing for diable people, supporting initiatives to make education available to poor and marginalised peoples, 1% of Australia’s GDP to go to foreign aid, vocational training, apprenticeships, employment placement programs, literacy programs, income security and social supports for people unable to work due to age/disability/illness, overhaul employment laws to reduce regulation, small business, reduce regulation/red tape for small businesses, tax reform, lower taxes, flat tax rates, 20% company tax, petrol tax revenue to go to road building/maintenance, dual lane roads with median strips, anthropogenic climate change denial, carbon dioxide, a verifiable measuring system to measure water use along the Murray-Darling, South Australia taking High Court action to protect its water interests, Torrens Title (native title alternative), initiatives to boost Indigenous Australian employment, increasing education options for Indigenous Australian children who are unable to access traditional schools, boost Indigenous Australian home ownership, palliative care, promoting and supporting ‘traditional’ marriage over de facto relationships, ‘traditional’ marriage, assisting other regional and Pacific Rim countries in quelling civil strife/giving humanitarian assistance/battling poverty, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Australian involvement in peacekeeping activities, community aid abroad,

Against: pornography, divorce, drugs, injecting rooms, urban growth boundaries, zoning restrictions, compulsory master planning in housing developments, up-front infrastructure charges, high housing costs, lack of housing, payroll tax, mineral resource rent tax, the Grants Commission, carbon price, the emissions trading scheme, high water prices (particularly in South Australia), water restrictions, the Murray Darling Basin Plan, the South Australian government relinquishing its constitutional powers over the Murray River, Native Title, compulsory acquisition of property without adequate compensation, government restrictions on private property use, drug and alcohol abuse in Indigenous Australian communities, abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, single mothers,

Top 10: Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Stop CSG, Bank Reform Party, Australian Christians, Bullet Train for Australia, Senator Online, Building Australia Party, Rise Up Australia Party, Australian Independents, Stable Population Party

Bottom 10: Smokers Rights, The Greens, Sex Party, Pirate Party, The Australian Republicans, Ticket T, Ticket AJ, Ungrouped candidates, Socialist Equality Party, Secular Party of Australia

Where my vote is likely to end: Family First or DLP

2013 Australian Election: Victorian Senate Ballot Guide - Ticket F – Help End Marijuana Prohibition

Ticket F – Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party http://australianhempparty.com/

The HEMP Party was founded in 1993 by Nigel Quinlan (aka Nigel Freemarijuana), and aims for the legalisation of cannnabis. It was registered as a political party in 2000, then deregistered by the AEC in 2006/2007 following a random membership audit where minimum membership numbers for a party were unable to be proven. It was re-registered in 2010, but not in time to contest the 2010 election.

Their policies:
For: legalisation of cannabis for personal use, legalisation of cannabis growing, regulated sales of cannabis through registered outlets, legalisation of cannabis for medical use, establishment of a commercial hemp industry, acquittal and removal of records of all cannabis convictions.

Against: cannabis prohibition.

Top 10: Drug Law Reform, Stop CSG, Building Australia Party, Australian Voice Party, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Bank Reform Party, No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Australian Independents, Australian Democrats, Animal Justice Party

Bottom 10: Family First, Rise Up Australia Party, One Nation, Shooters and Fishers, Ungrouped candidates, DLP, Citizens Electoral Council, Palmer United Party, Liberal / The Nationals, Australian Christians

Where is my vote likely to end up: The Greens or Labor

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