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What do SA election candidates believe?
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

“As we have done for nearly 30 years, FamilyVoice has sent out a ten-question survey on family, life and freedom issues before this month’s state election,” FamilyVoice SA state officer David d’Lima said today. “The responses give information rarely available from other sources to help voters as they number their preferences on lower and upper house ballot papers.

“Democracy cannot work if voters do not know the beliefs and policies of those they are voting for,” Mr d’Lima said.

This time there have been problems contacting some candidates who declined to provide any phone numbers or email addresses, for “privacy” reasons. “We believe anyone standing for public office should make available an email address – which may be temporary – so that voters can ask questions about the candidate’s policies,” David d’Lima said. “There is no absolute right to privacy in this situation.”

FamilyVoice survey scoring rewards openness and honesty. Failure to acknowledge the survey scores zero. A response to the survey is scored separately for each question: full agreement (Yes Definitely) scores 10, Probably = 7, Unsure = 5, Unlikely = 3, total opposition (Definitely Not) = 2 and No Comment = 1. The total score for all 10 questions thus ranges from 0 to 100.

“Voters who reject our position can still learn a lot from our survey responses,” David d’Lima said. “So we have been very disappointed by the failure of Labor and the Greens to respond in any way, despite repeated requests. Unless we hear from them soon, they will score zero.”

Family First scored a very high 97.

Three lower house Labor candidates responded to the survey – scoring 87, 81 and 67.

The Liberal Party score was 63, but several individual Liberal candidates did better – including scores of 90, 90, 84 and 74.

Ten Dignity for Disability candidates responded, but were generally negative. Their average score was 48.

“Ironically, most Dignity for Disability candidates supported euthanasia,” David d’Lima said. “Yet disability groups worldwide have been concerned that legalised euthanasia often leads to pressure on the disabled to end their lives instead of receiving the care and support they need.”


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