We’re not standing candidates in the Federal Election this year as our entire focus is now on state registrations. However you will still need to vote! Here you will find descriptions of every party listed on the federal senate form. Another very useful tool to use is the Smartvote app – https://australia.smartvote.org which matched our Arts Party positions very closely with the Together Party. Just saying!
This comprehensive guide has been prepared by the wonderful Katherine Lustig, we hope you find it useful.
Instructions for voting above the line: Number your favourite six parties in order of preference (1 – 6). Then keep going with your numbering for as long as it takes you to run out of options that seem reasonable to you. It’s highly recommended that you vote for more than six or your vote may get lost. Preferential voting means that if your favourite doesn’t get elected OR your favourite already has enough votes to get elected, your full vote flows to your second choice, and then your third, and so on, until you have either helped elect someone or your numbering runs out.
Instructions for voting below the line: As above except you have to vote for at least 12.
Rise Up Australia – A far-right, nationalist and Christian party opposed to Muslim immigration and same-sex marriage.
Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party – Policies relating solely to the legalisation of marijuana for personal, medical, therapeutic and industrial purposes.
Health Australia Party – Formed to respond to “attacks” on homeopathy, they are opposed to the current “no jab, no pay” policy but deny being anti-vax.
Liberal / National Parties – Policies include lowering taxes for small business, expanding export opportunities, creating 1.25 million jobs over 5 years, stopping Labor doing lots of “unfair” things, supporting farmers in drought, investment in Australian recycling, $45 million over 10 years for overland traversing capabilities in Antarctica and $1.9 billion for an Antarctic icebreaker.
Pirate Party – For freedom of information, civil and digital liberties, and government transparency.
Affordable Housing Policy – A single-issue party seeking affordable housing for all.
The Greens – Policies include a world class education system, affordable housing for all, investment in science, research and innovation, closing the gender wage gap, supporting the Arts, closing offshore detention, fully funding the NDIS, supporting peace and demilitarisation, saving the ABC and SBS, establishing a federal anti-corruption commission, minimising climate change, and protecting the environment.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party – Policies include: gun reform to make it easier for Australians to own guns; reduced market dominance and increased competition in the retail sector for agricultural products; and lifting of restrictions on access to environmental conservation areas.
Australian People’s Party – Calling themselves a “centrist” party, they propose politicians not influenced by factions and self-interest, housing affordability, government accountability, lower carbon emissions, removal of the tax-free threshold and the deporting of “all 50,000 illegal immigrants”.
Labor – Policies include: protecting SBS and the ABC; funding preschools; action on the Banking Royal Commission; protecting penalty rates; boosting renewables; saving Medicare; stopping the cuts to schools, hospitals, TAFEs and pensions; making the minimum wage a living wage; stamping out corruption; making Australia a Republic; and reducing power prices.
Socialist Alliance – An anti-capitalist and eco-socialist party seeking social equality and environmental sustainability, and a “social and democratic economy” that includes allowing people to die with dignity, abolition of HECS and university fees, free childcare for all, restoration and expansion of Medicare, and adequate funding for mental health.
The Together Party – A party, created by lawyer and comedian Mark Swivel, that puts people before profit, and has policies in favour of environmental sustainability, investment in learning, growing co-ops, developing and funding an Arts Policy, working towards a republic, introduction of a universal basic income, and investment to make Australia a renewables superpower.
Australian Conservatives – A party advocating for a pay freeze for politicians and senior public servants, a strong defence force and proper assistance to veterans, low taxes and regulation, continuation of negative gearing, nuclear power and no renewable energy targets.
The Great Australian Party – A party split from One Nation, established by Rod Culleton who is currently listed as an undischarged bankrupt, that wants to abolish the Family Court of Australia, remove personal income tax and nationalise the Commonwealth Bank.
Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party – Formed by a former senator for One Nation and Katter’s Australian Party, the party’s policies include ensuring immigration helps Australia be an English-speaking predominantly European Christian society, the right to own guns, traditional family values and a not-for-profit government bank.
Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile) – In favour of environmental sustainability and conservation, and accessible and affordable health care, they are anti-gambling and anti- same-sex marriage.
Independents for Climate Action Now – Seeking to deliver effective, scientific evidence-based policies to address climate emergency and adaptation needs, their plan is to phase out coal and carbon sequestration and respond to climate change issues with 100% renewable energy. Run by Father Fred Bower, who is also a vocal advocate for refugees.
Liberal Democrats – A party in favour of free speech, drug reform, assisted suicide, free trade and the right to own guns.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation – Policies include a Trump-like travel ban, building new coal-fired power stations, limiting the export of Australian-produced baby formula, withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, consideration of nuclear power, reasonable cost university education, trialling medical use of cannabis, opposition to coal seam gas mining on agricultural land, and building more dams.
The Women’s Party – Seeking equal representation in politics and working on women’s issues such as child care, equal wages, and domestic abuse, the party also has policies on anti-corruption and climate change.
Seniors United Party of Australia – Seeking a fair deal for current and future seniors on income, aged care, health and housing, with policies particularly aimed at benefiting self-funded retirees and paying politicians less.
Socialist Equality Party – The Australian Chapter of a group established by Trotsky in 1938 to fight against Stalin’s nationalism. They oppose war, seek to free Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange, fight against anti-refugee xenophobia, work for the international unity of the working classes, and want action on climate change and democracy.
Australian Workers Party – In favour of a universal jobs guarantee, unions, nationalising the power grid, Medicare and expanded bulk-billing, use of medical cannabis, fixing the NDIS, active transport and railways.
Australian Better Families – Seeking reforms for child support and juvenile justice, and action on homelessness, family violence, mental health, food security, plastic waste, clean energy, community child care and fair milk prices, the party also seeks to support the live music scene.
Involuntary Medication Objectors Party – A party for anti-vaxxers and those against putting fluoride in drinking water.
United Australia Party – Clive Palmer’s party, which counts abolishing the carbon and mining taxes, keeping Qantas Australian-owned and resolving “30,000 cases in detention” amongst its achievements to date. Wants to using mining to fund community welfare and revise refugee policy to protect Australia and give refugees better opportunities.
Democratic Labour Party – Against a death tax, in favour of housing affordability and a national dental scheme, this party wishes to build “clean coal” fired power stations and set up a taskforce to deal with drugs, gambling, internet porn and “other harmful addictions that lead to family breakdown [and] gang violence”.
Climate Action! Immigration Action! Accountable Politicians! – This party has no actual policies apart from a plan to conduct online polling for every bill before parliament, with MPs required to vote with the clear majority.
Animal Justice Party – Apart from obviously protecting animal rights, they are in favour of gun control, and kindness to (and sustainability for) animals, people and the environment. They’d like more people to be vegetarian.
VOTEFLUX.ORG | UPGRADE DEMOCRACY – Seeking parliamentary reform through direct democracy with online voting, with no other policy platforms.
Science Party – Policies include funding schools according to need, creating a national school curriculum, doubling research spending (including for nuclear energy), increasing the renewables target and improving energy grids. This party believes in the power of markets as a means of competition for success, supports an Australian republic, euthanasia, marriage equality, and strong whistleblower protections. They also want to build a new Australian charter city connected by a very fast train.
Citizens Electoral Council – Proposing economic development and growth facilitated by national banking, this party is pro-nuclear power and high speed rail, in favour of small-scale agriculture and proposing to shut down joint defence facilities (like Pine Gap). They also seek to reverse the deregulation and privatisation of everything from oil to banking.
Sustainable Australia – A party proposing to stop foreign ownership, introduce higher animal welfare standards, invest in the Arts, establish major community repair and recycling centres, and reduce immigration by more than half. They are in favour of housing affordability, fair trade, Australian ownership of utilities, and having a defence force. They want to better fund education, manage problem gambling and stop fracking.
Australian Democrats – A new version of the party that wanted to keep the bastards honest several decades ago, they want to create spaces for better neighbourhoods, and invest in education, public transport and child care. They seek to create a sustainable economy in equilibrium with world resources and ecosystems.
The Small Business Party – Seeking to increase the GST threshold, reduce taxes for small business, improve funding for small business, eliminate payroll tax, and cut energy prices. This party was started by a woman who believes her café closed down because of the Sydney light rail construction.
(Sorry, that’s all, because I didn’t look up all the ungrouped candidates.)