“Our ten-question survey has revealed wide differences between the parties contesting Saturday’s state election,” FamilyVoice Victoria state director Peter Stevens said today.
“Sadly, most parties have insisted that candidates toe the ‘party line’. Many candidates seem afraid even to reveal the way they would vote on conscience issues. Nevertheless, the party responses do give an indication of the party’s overall approach to issues affecting families, faith and freedom.”
Candidates and parties were given six options in answering each question: yes definitely (score 10); probably (7); unsure (5); unlikely (3); definitely not (2); no comment (1).
The Liberal/National Coalition scored a disappointing 51 out of a possible 100. The Labor Party was more disappointing, with 31. The Greens said “definitely not” to every question except pokies, and scored 25.
“We were encouraged by responses from some of the minor parties,” Pastor Stevens said. “Family First, Rise Up Australia, Australian Christians and the Democratic Labour Party all scored a ‘perfect’ 100 – ‘yes definitely’ for each question. By contrast, the Sex Party scored just 19: ‘definitely not’ for each question except pokies, where they declined to comment.”
One Palmer United Party candidate scored 100, but said others in his party did not share his values. The PUP party score was just 10 – “no comment” for each question.
Pastor Stevens said voting in the eight upper house regions will be a nightmare, with around 40–50 candidates listed on upper house ballot papers. “There will be a strong temptation to vote above the line, with “1” in a box for one party,” he said.
“But we have been checking out the preference flows of each party – which vary from region to region. Voting “1” above the line could see some very upset voters the next day. Their vote could end up electing an obscure party they did not support.”
Pastor Stevens said one example is the People Power – No Smart Meters party, which seems to stand for nothing except opposition to “smart” electricity meters. It has done exceptionally well in attracting high preferences from parties across the spectrum.
“We have encouraged voters to vote below the line, putting candidates in their preferred minor parties first, then candidates in their preferred major party,” Peter Stevens said. “They don’t need to number after that. By voting below the line, they will ensure their vote does not end up somewhere they do not want it to go.”
Pastor Stevens said supporters have been checking the FamilyVoice election website. Many are grateful for information on issues rarely canvassed by the mainstream media.
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