How I Would Vote, by xesce


I'm a permanent resident, not a citizen of Australia. I don't have the right to vote here, but I will attempt to give some input regarding how I would vote, and why. Note: I am not suggesting that anyone vote as I would. Also, various statements here have been quoted from parties' sites or from Wikipedia. Also, note that this is a diary entry.

A fairer and more detailed/comprehensive analysis would take a lot more time and effort. I am going to try to zero in on the things that most jump out at me. I am not addressing all parties, or ranking them strictly as Australians are required to do.


Pirate Party

These are the two I like the best, and if these parties could be combined into one party, that would be ideal. The Greens are very organized and have put a lot of thought into a broad range of topics/areas, and have drawn up detailed plans for tackling all issues. If this could be combined with the Pirate Party's more intensive analysis of modern communication/information/cultural issues, we'd have a very comprehensive party. The Pirate Party is not a 'joke' party, or a special interest party. They have provided comprehensive analyses of all the major issues. Their info is more accessible, clear and detailed than that of Australia's two major parties, Labor and the Liberals.


LGBTIQ equality/rights, marriage equality. I think we need to address this as soon as possible.

I support voluntary euthanasia.

I support a secular society, separation of church and state.

Bill of Rights added to the Constitution.

The end of the monarchy - Australia becoming a republic.

I support renewable energy and tackling climate change.

I supported the Apology, and didn't support the Intervention in the NT, and I still think Australia has a long way to go to address the inequality that Aborigines and Indigenous Australians encounter.

Currently illicit drugs, including marijuana, should be legalized, (and treated like other drugs, including alcohol and tobacco), or at the very least decriminalized.

Sex work should be legal and destigmatized.

Abortion should be available country wide, and treated as a matter of personal choice.

I don't support the detention centres. Australia can afford to let in more asylum seekers. Perhaps there should be fewer rewards for the Australians who opt to reproduce.

I support the NBN - National Broadband Network - which would catch Australia up with the rest of the world, but also on a more personal level, it would allow GK to share streaming video of Australian wildlife (possums) with more than one or two people outside his network at a time.

Say no to censorship. Free, fair and independent media.

I would like to see free tertiary education.

It would be good if dental care was considered an integral part of medical care.

Secular Party (as with the Pirates and Greens, this party is good on many of the issues I am most drawn to)

BASIC PARTY TENETS of the above parties:

Pirate Party:

Pirate Party Australia is founded on the basic tenets of:

Freedom of culture and speech, The inalienable right to liberty and privacy, The protection of the freedoms provided by the evolving global information society, The transparency of institutions, and The restoration of the freedoms and balance lost through the encroachment of harmful and overbearing intellectual monopolies.

As part of an international movement, we seek not only to change national laws, but to reform perceptions and effect worldwide change. We seek this democratically, through parliamentary elections and lobbying of government.

Copyright laws are among the most expansive intrusions by the state into our daily lives. They control what we can see and read and say. They impose artificial scarcity on expression and content, which mimics the genuine scarcity of physical resources. They influence art, culture, and technology...

While both major parties whip up hysteria to paint the other as untrustworthy and economically incompetent, their similarities run deep. An issue they have both artfully avoided is the bipartisan support for attacking civil liberties in Australia through growing warrantless surveillance regimes.


Other than environmentalism the party cites four core values: ecological sustainability, social justice, grassroots democracy and peace and non-violence.

Secular Party:

The Secular Party of Australia stands for true separation of church from state, ensuring freedom of and from religion, and a liberal, secular democracy.

Policies promote:

Freedom of thought and expression.

A high-quality education system that is universal, secular and free.

Equality and non-discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, religiosity and sexuality, including marriage equality and LGBTI rights.

The right of Australians to control their own destiny, such as voluntary euthanasia.

The abolition of government subsidies and tax breaks for religious organisations.

The use of science for human welfare, such as stem cell research.

The use of Australia’s seat on the UN Security Council to promote secular democracy, the reduction of poverty, and the urgent prioritisation of international policies on climate change.


Sex Party

They seem fun, but they still have serious stands on important issues. They are against internet censorship, propose that a way to help Tasmania's economy is to legalize and tax marijuana, as well as decriminalize other drugs, want to legalize voluntary euthanasia, support same-sex marriage equality, as well as uniform abortion laws: allow for legal, no-fault and guilt-free processes for women seeking termination, overturn racist laws that ban adults living in and visiting aboriginal communities in the NT from possessing erotic and sexual media, they propose taxing the churches and taking churches out of education.

Sex is an important part of life, and quality of life. The Sex party addresses this from many angles, including the concerns of LGBTIQ individuals, those with disabilities, seniors, aboriginal NT residents, and those who work in adult industries.

Voluntary Euthanasia Party

"Over four in five Australians are in favour of new legislation and we wish to allow that sentiment to be clearly demonstrated at the ballot box. The Voluntary Euthanasia Party aims to ensure dignity in the final years of life, by raising the profile of this issue in order to engender the necessary political will for change."

This party has been formed mainly to bring awareness of this issue further into the open. Most Australians support the need for new legislation, but the problem is that this is an issue that it is still difficult to talk about openly, and not enough progress is being made.

Philip Nitschke is a candidate in ACT.

HEMP Party (Help End Marijuana Prohibition)

Re-legalise and regulate Cannabis for personal, medical and industrial use in Australia. It's long overdue.


Labor vs Liberals:

These are the big two. It is infinitely preferable that Labor get in.

It is not realistic that the Greens or Pirates will get in.

I like that Labor clearly states that it is time for same-sex marriage equality. They also support NBN. Liberals do not support same-sex marriage equality, or NBN. Also, I have always admired that not long after Kevin Rudd was initially instated as Prime Minister in 2007, he issued the Apology to indigenous Australians regarding the stolen generations.

'Liberal' is an odd name for a party that is actually pretty conservative (centre-right). I would put the Liberal party in the 'bottom of the list' section.


These parties, like the Voluntary Euthanasia party, do not have complete platforms, but appear to be concentrating on raising awareness of certain issues.

Animal Justice Party - calling attention to animal rights, but do not appear to have a full program of responses to issues.

No CSG: No Coal Seam Gas. This is another serious environmental issue that needs more awareness, but in the overall sense, this party doesn't have a complete platform.

Many parties who oppose asylum-seekers and multiculturalism seem to support or reward mainstream Australians for having as many children as possible. In contrast:

Stable Population Party: no rewards for breeding, immigration balances emigration (They embrace mulitculturalism)


Palmer United
One Nation
Australia First
Rise Up
No Carbon Tax/Climate Sceptics
Outdoor Recreation Party/Stop the Greens
Family First
Australian Christian Party

The problems with most of the above: many of their policies seem to be based on racist and/or homophobic ideas, and/or denial of the need to address climate change or other significant environmental issues.


It seems there is the possibility that Murdoch has some agenda at present to support the Liberals and get rid of Labor. He's an influential person, and has control over much of the Australian media. Polls reported in said media seem to be saying that Liberals are coming out ahead, and there are constant attacks on Labor and Rudd in particular. However, is it really true that the Liberals are ahead? Who should we believe?


The issue of not having a fixed address has been a problem. For this election, a new program has been instituted in which people can use their last known address or the address at which they grew up. Another issue is that the mentally ill often find the whole system related to the voting process frustrating or too much to deal with, and this program also aims to help with that.

On a personal note:

Australia's mandatory voting laws would have caused me serious stress when I came of age almost 30 years ago. At that time, there was no internet to consult. I have heard that you can mail in a vote before election day, but it is difficult to be sure I would be considered to have a valid excuse if I had no official diagnosis at the time. However, the fine is $20, and only increases if you don't pay that fine on time? Although, when I was 18, I wouldn't have had any money to pay a fine. The stress of fines, the threat of jail, not knowing what was happening, and the possibility of having to deal with the authorities might have led to a suicide attempt.


One thing I will say: some (most!) parties need better websites. What I look for in a political party's website is: a summary of philosophy or ideals, and a summary of stands regarding issues. If either of these or both are hard to access or decipher, and/or it is not easy to find the party's stand on major issues, I feel alienated.

As for my particular interests.. Even the parties that support voluntary euthanasia laws and putting more resources into mental health are not likely to affect my immediate future. Because I don't have a painful physical illness, I probably remain in the category of not being 'of sound mind', or not competent to rationally assess my future. My situation is complex, and it does not seem likely that any mental health resources are going to have an impact on my life or outlook.

I am hoping to get this entry up before the polls close! Which explains why it looks like it could use some organizational help and further editing.


Yikes. The Liberals won. On the plus side: Adam Bandt of the Greens retained his seat in Melbourne.

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