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How should we vote in the 7 September federal election?
Friday, September 6, 2013


Our election survey shows some clear differences between the parties on family, faith and freedom issues.  The party replies page shows that Family First, Australian Christians, Rise Up Australia Party and the Democratic Labour Party have all scored 100 – while the Liberal National Coalition scored 55, Labor scored 39 and the Greens, just 23.  Many minor parties such as PUP (Palmer United Party) said they didn’t have a policy on any of our questions, so they scored 10 (“no comment”). *We initially scored Katter’s Australian Party 100 based on their party reply, but have changed their score to 95 as candidates will be given a conscience vote on marriage.

House of Representatives

Voting this way in the House of Representatives would send a clear message to major parties that Christian values are important to you:

  1. number one for Family First, Australian Christians or one of the other top scorers;
  2. followed by the rest of the high achievers;
  3. then the major party of your choice;
  4. the low scorers last.

 See  House of Reps candidates responses. If you are not sure of your electorate, type in your postcode here.

Senate

Voting in the Senate is not so simple, however.

You might say, “I’ll vote ‘1’ in the box of my favourite party above the line – easy!” But if your favourite party is not elected, your vote flows to other parties you may not support.  So where does your Senate vote go if your preferred party with Christian values is not elected?

The Australian Electoral Commission website lists the preference tickets for all party groups – but there are so many parties and candidates, it would give you a headache!  We have simplified the preference flows for some key parties to help you decide whether or not you would like to vote “1” in a party box above the line on the Senate ballot paper.

 

 QUEENSLAND

A vote “1” for the Liberals above the line, if any votes are left over, would probably help David Goodwin (LNP #4 who scored 100 in our survey), then DLP, Australian Christians, then Family First.

A vote “1” for Labor above the line, if any votes are left over, would help James Blundell of Katter’s Australian Party, who supports “same-sex marriage”, then the Greens and the Sex Party before any pro-family party.

A vote “1” for Family First above the line, if not successful, would probably help other pro-family parties but could end up withJames Blundell of Katter’s Australian Party, who supports “same-sex marriage” before the LNP.

A vote “1” for Australian Christians would help David Goodwin of the LNP who scored 100 in our survey, then other pro-family parties ahead of other LNP candidates.

A vote “1” for RUAP would help DLP, Australian Christians, Family First and then LNP.

A vote “1” for the DLP would help Australian Christians, RUAP, James Blundell of Katter’s Australian Party, who supports “same-sex marriage”, Family First, LNP.

 

If you agree with one of these preference flows, it would be safe to vote “1” in the box above the line for that party.

If not, please work out your own preference flows  by printing out the FamilyVoice survey page for the Senate in Qld and filling in your preferences below the line, from 1 to 82 (!!).  Take the sheet into the polling booth on 7 September and use it to help you number your preferences below the line on the real ballot paper. 

Make sure your preferences support true marriage.  Voting “1” in the box above the line for some of the parties above could end up electing James Blundell, who could tip the Senate vote in favour of “gay marriage”.

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

A vote ‘1’ for the Liberal National Coalition above the line, if any votes are left over, would help CDP, DLP, Family First, then KAP.

A vote”1” for Labor above the line would help the Greens, DLP and Sex Party before other pro-family parties.

A vote ‘1’ for Family First above the line, if not successful, would probably help other pro-family parties.

A vote ‘1’ for CDP above the line would help KAP, Pauline Hanson of One Nation, RUAP, DLP, Family First, then the Lib-Nats.

A vote ‘1’ for RUAP above the line would help DLP, CDP, Family First, then the Lib-Nats.

A vote ‘1’ for DLP above the line would help RUAP, CDP, KAP, Family First, then the Lib-Nats.

 

If you agree with one of these preference flows, it would be safe to vote “1” in the box above the line for that party.

If not, please work out your own preference flows  by printing out the FamilyVoice survey page for the Senate in NSW and filling in your preferences below the line, from 1 to 110 (!!).  Take the sheet into the polling booth on 7 September and use it to help you number your preferences below the line on the real ballot paper. 

 

ACT

A vote ‘1’ for the Liberals above the line, if any votes are left over, would help RUAP, KAP’s Steven Bailey, Labor, then the Greens.

A vote”1” for Labor above the line would help the Greens, KAP’s Steven Bailey, RUAP, then the Libs.

A vote ‘1’ for RUAP would help the Libs, KAP’s Steven Bailey, Labor, then the Greens.

A vote ‘1’ for KAP would help RUAP, the Greens, Libs, then Labor.

If you agree with one of these preference flows, it would be safe to vote “1” in the box above the line for that party.

If not, please work out your own preference flows  by printing out the FamilyVoice survey page for the Senate in ACT and filling in your preferences below the line, from 1 to 27.  Take the sheet into the polling booth on 7 September and use it to help you number your preferences below the line on the real ballot paper.   Note that Steven Bailey of KAP supports same-sex “marriage”. A vote above the line for KAP on the ACT Senate ballot paper could end up electing a Greens senator.

 

VICTORIA

A vote ‘1’ for the Liberal National Coalition above the line, if any votes are left over, would probably help Family First.

A vote ‘1’ for Family First above the line, if not successful, would probably help other pro-family parties and the DLP, KAP, then Liberals.

A vote ‘1’ for Australian Christians above the line would help Family First, DLP, KAP, RUAP, before going to Liberals.

A vote ‘1’ for RUAP above the line would help DLP, Australian Christians, Family First and then Liberals.

A vote ‘1’ for the DLP above the line would help RUAP, Australian Christians, KAP, Family First, and then Liberals.

A vote”1” for Labor above the line would go to the Greens and the Sex Party before pro-family groups.

 

If you agree with one of these preference flows, it would be safe to vote “1” in the box above the line for that party.

If not, please work out your own preference flows  by printing out the FamilyVoice survey page for the Senate in Victoria and filling in your preferences below the line, from 1 to 97 (!!).  Take the sheet into the polling booth on 7 September and use it to help you number your preferences below the line on the real ballot paper. 

 

TASMANIA

A vote “1” for the Liberals above the line, if any votes are left over, would probably help Family First.

A vote “1” for Labor above the line, if any votes are left over, would help the Greens and Sex Party before most pro-family groups.

A vote “1” for Family First above the line, if not successful, would probably help other Christian parties and the DLP, KAP, then Liberals.

A vote “1” for Australian Christians would help Family First, DLP, RUAP and KAP before going to Liberals.

A vote “1” for RUAP would help DLP, Australian Christians, Family First and then Liberals.

A vote “1” for the DLP would help RUAP, Australian Christians, KAP, Family First, and then Liberals.

If you agree with one of these preference flows, it would be safe to vote “1” in the box above the line for that party.

If not, please work out your own preference flows  by printing out the FamilyVoice survey page for the Senate in Tasmania and filling in your preferences below the line, from 1 to 54 (!!).  Take the sheet into the polling booth on 7 September and use it to help you number your preferences below the line on the real ballot paper.

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

A vote “1” for the Liberals above the line, if any votes are left over, would probably help Family First.

A vote “1” for Labor above the line would help the Greens, then Family First, then Nick Xenophon.

A vote “1” for Family First above the line, if not successful, would probably help other pro-family parties.  It would put Katter above the DLP and the Liberals.

A vote “1” for Australian Christians would help other pro-family parties and the DLP before going to the Liberals.

A vote “1” for RUAP would help DLP, Australian Christians, Family First and then Liberals.

A vote “1” for the DLP would help Australian Christians, Family First, RUAP, Cory Bernardi and Don Farrell (both pro-family senators), then other Liberals.

 

If you agree with one of these preference flows, it would be safe to vote “1” in the box above the line for that party.

If not, please work out your own preference flows  by printing out the FamilyVoice survey page for the Senate in SA and filling in your preferences below the line, from 1 to 73 (!!).  Take the sheet into the polling booth on 7 September and use it to help you number your preferences below the line on the real ballot paper. 

NB:  Nick Xenophon scored 23 in our survey.  He has told us in the past that he doesn’t fill in election surveys – people can judge him on what he has done.  We have therefore scored him “1 – no comment” for all questions except a “2 – definitely not” for retaining man-woman marriage (he voted for “same-sex marriage” last year) and “7 – probably” for opposing euthanasia and gambling promotion.  Nick’s running mate is unlikely to support pro-family values.  He declined to acknowledge or answer the survey.

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

A vote ‘1’ for the Country Liberals above the line, if any votes are left over, would probably help Labor, the Greens then Rise Up Australia Party.

A vote”1” for Labor above the line would go to the Greens first.

A vote ‘1’ for RUAP would likely end up with the Country Liberals.

 If you agree with one of these preference flows, it would be safe to vote “1” in the box above the line for that party.

If not, please work out your own preference flows  by printing out the FamilyVoice survey page for the Senate in the Northern Territory and filling in your preferences below the line, from 1 to 24.  Take the sheet into the polling booth on 7 September and use it to help you number your preferences below the line on the real ballot paper.  

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

A vote ‘1’ for the Liberals above the line, if any votes are left over, would probably help The Nationals, Australian Christians, then Family First.

A vote”1” for Labor above the line would go to the Greens and the Sex Party before pro-family groups.

A vote ‘1’ for Family First above the line, if not successful, would probably help other pro-family parties.

A vote ‘1’ for Australian Christians above the line would help other pro-family groups, then the Libs, Labor’s Joe Bullock, before going to the Nationals.

A vote ‘1’ for RUAP above the line would help Australian Christians, Family First, then the Libs.

If you agree with one of these preference flows, it would be safe to vote “1” in the box above the line for that party.

If not, please work out your own preference flows  by printing out the FamilyVoice survey page for the Senate in WA and filling in your preferences below the line, from 1 to 62 (!!).  Take the sheet into the polling booth on 7 September and use it to help you number your preferences below the line on the real ballot paper. 

 

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