In the lower house, the Greens are running in the electorates of: Aston, Ballarat, Bendigo, Bruce, Calwell, Casey, Chisholm, Cooper, Corangamite, Corio, Deakin, Dunkley, Flinders, Fraser, Gellibrand, Gippsland, Goldstein, Gorton, Higgins, Holt, Hotham, Indi, Isaacs, Jagajaga, Kooyong, La Trobe, Lalor, Macnamara, Mallee, Maribyrnong, McEwan, Melbourne, Menzies, Monash, Nicholls, Scullin, Wannon, and Wills. The Greens are also running 6 candidates for the upper house.
The Greens have committed to “funded strategies to address the discrimination and marginalisation faced by LGBTIQ people from culturally diverse backgrounds”. The Greens have also stated that “immigration must be non-discriminatory on the grounds of nationality, ethnicity, religion, language, level of English language competence, gender, disability, sexuality, age or socioeconomic background”, and committed to “training of immigration decision-makers to enable them to properly assess claims for family reunion or refugee status based on sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status”.
In terms of childcare and education, the Greens have committed to:
“LGBTIQ” students, which would include the implementation of “LGBTIQ-sensitive school-aged education and support programs”, “education on consent and respectful relationships; sex, gender and sexuality diversity; and comprehensive sex education across the Australian school system”, and providing “training and resources to teachers, about respectful relationships and the diversity of sexuality, gender identity, intersex variations and family structures”. This would also include ensuring “secular student welfare support is provided in all schools”, which would involve removing the School Chaplains Program and using that money to invest in “secular, unbiased and inclusive support for students through counsellors and antibullying initiatives such as the Safe Schools Program”.
As part of their general anti-discrimination law measures, which will be touched on in more detail later, the removal of the religious exemptions which allow students to be expelled from faith schools based on gender and sexuality have been committed to also.
In terms of the workplace:
For competitive sport, the Greens have committed to:
In terms of daily life (excluding healthcare, which has its own section), the Greens have also committed to:
They commit, in this vein, to “equal access, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex or marital status, to adoption and fostering, altruistic surrogacy and assisted reproductive treatment.”
Ensuring “anti-discrimination laws for people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations [are] consistent with the Yogyakarta Principles [...] and other international human rights instruments,”;
Ensuring that “all de facto relationships have equal status in law and government policy regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status,”;
Designing and implementing “programs and legislation to end hate speech or vilification on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or sex characteristics”;
‘Harmonising’ age of consent laws to ensure that “non-heterosexual sex” does not have a higher age of consent than “heterosexual sex” anywhere in Australia.
Removing convictions for “homosexual acts between consenting adults” from legal records.
Working with “the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other relevant agencies to improve statistical data collection on people with diverse sexualities, gender identities, intersex variations and their families,”;
Ensuring that “intersex, transgender and gender diverse people [are] able to alter their sex or gender on all official documents, consistent with how they live and identify, irrespective of their marital status, without the requirement for gender affirmation surgery or hormonal therapy,” that amended identity documents “not reveal a person’s past sex or gender identity,” and that “sex or gender information” is only recorded in official record “where necessary.”, and “when sex or gender is necessary information to collect in official records, gender markers be available that reflect the diversity of the Australian population.”
Removing the current requirement “of a court order to allow access to hormone treatment for transgender young people.”
Ensuring “appropriate aged care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTI people, and other people from socially, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,”;
Putting in place a “targeted national strategy to address the high incidence of homelessness in the LGBTIQ and other marginalised communities”, which would include increasing funding to $500 million a year for “general crisis and temporary housing services, including those for LGBTIQ+ people”, and “guarantee this funding for ten years to provide certainty to service providers,”;
Designing and implementing “measures to address sexism, gender- and sexuality-based bullying and violence, and rape culture online,”;
And expanding “governmental support for culture, arts, festivals, tourism and events for communities of diverse sexualities, gender identities or intersex variation.”
The Greens have committed to the creation of a “national LGBTIQ+ health strategy”, which includes:
In relation to mental health, they commit $491 million in grant funding over 10 years for communities to implement “assertive outreach programs”, with “guaranteed funding for programs targeting children and young people”. They also commit an additional $3 million in funding for trans-specific mental health programs and a $3 million grants program for bi+ specific mental health. Both programs will be used to “create services where they don't currently exist, and expand services that are unable to meet current demand”.
Committing to “invest in trans-specific health initiatives”, increase “funding to establish and expand gender clinics at hospitals and health services,” and provide access to “a full range of publicly-funded health services for people with needs related to their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.” They also commit to establishing “a transgender and gender diverse advisory board to the Department of Health”, to match the intersex advisory board, in addition to “a complaints body for medical decisions affecting trans and intersex people”.
As noted above, they also commit to ensuring “equal access, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex or marital status, to adoption and fostering, altruistic surrogacy and assisted reproductive treatment.”
They commit to “adequate funding for services to address the whole-of-life health and welfare needs of people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations including, but not limited to:
alcohol and substance use;
domestic violence, sexual harassment, physical or sexual assault;
reproductive and sexual health;
self-harm and suicide prevention;
coming out, gender transitioning and affirmation;
counselling and peer support;
aged care; and
housing services and programs.”
Specifically in relation to addiction, they state that they’ll implement “specific treatment programs that are funded and tailored to address individual, gender, sexuality, cultural or disability barriers.”
Framed in terms of ‘eradicating HIV’, the Greens have a plan in relation to implementing existing national strategies and “strengthening Australia’s response to HIV”, which include $10 million a year to relevant organisations for prevention/testing/treatment campaigns, peer support, education/community outreach, and planning/service redevelopment, with an additional $3 million to target populations “at risk of being left behind”, which they identify as including those with “unsuspected HIV, late HIV presenters and those who are not being treated”. They also commit an additional $15 million a year for community controlled First Nations HIV programs, with a particular focus on ensuring “the needs of all First Nations peoples, including brotherboys, sistergirls and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are met”.
They commit also $1.75 million per year to “develop evidence-informed and long-term community-led campaigns to reduce the incidence of STIs”.
They also commit to reviewing the discriminatory guidelines currently in place in relation to the “governmental regulation of blood donor deferrals on the basis of a person’s sexual activities” and to have the new guidelines “to be informed by scientific evidence”.
They commit to “a ban on reparative, sexual orientation and gender identity conversion therapies”, which would entail:
In terms of domestic and IPV, the Greens have committed to “fully fund[ing] frontline crisis response service and primary prevention for domestic violence, at $5.3 billion over ten years”, to allow “specialist services which are responsive to the needs of all people who are at risk of family violence, including LGBTIQ+ people”. The commitment includes:
“Increasing long-term secure funding support for organisations such as Our Watch”
Legislating to “double domestic violence leave from five to ten days”.
Providing an additional “$200 million over four years to a Survivor Grant Fund, giving up to 50,000 survivors grants of up to $4000 to minimise financial hardship when leaving an abusive scenario”, and would prioritise people at “highest risk of domestic violence, including LGBTIQ+ people”; and
“Funding for crisis and temporary housing services”.
General aim to “provide dedicated, secure, long-term funding for specialist family and domestic violence services across the country to deliver outreach, crisis response, crisis accommodation, legal support, advocacy and post-crisis support to people who need it.”
In terms of queer-related foreign aid, the Greens have stated that they would ensure that “funding for international LGBTIQ+ human rights and development work would match other OECD countries, and would be able to be scaled up to, at minimum, $15 million per annum by 2022.” Additionally, as part of their HIV/AIDS program, they commit to establishing a “network of LGBTIQ+ organisations, development agencies, human rights organisations, philanthropy and academia to promote and protect the rights of LGBTIQ+ people regionally and across the globe through an investment of $200,000 per annum”, which, while focused on “fighting HIV/AIDS in our region”, would “provide the platform for civil society to work together to guide Government foreign policy on LGBTIQ+ rights.” They note that “further funding could be made available via the Greens proposed $70 million grants program”.
SOURCES - all PDF documents are searchable.
https://greens.org.au/policies/immigration-and-refugees (policy on immigration and refugees, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://equalityaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Greens-responses-to-Equality-Australia-survey.pdf (response to Equality Australia survey, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://greens.org.au/policies/multiculturalism (policy on multiculturalism, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://greens.org.au/policies/disability (policy on disability, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://janet-rice.greensmps.org.au/articles/australian-greens-comprehensive-lgbtiq-policies (list of the Greens’ ‘comprehensive LGBTIQ policies’, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://greens.org.au/policies/sexual-orientation-gender-identity-and-intersex (policy on ‘sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex’, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://greens.org.au/policies/early-childhood-education-and-care (policy on early childhood education and care, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://greens.org.au/policies/education (policy on education, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://greens.org.au/sites/default/files/2019-03/Greens%202019%20Policy%20Platform%20-%20LGBTIQ%20equality.pdf (pdf of Greens ‘LGBTIQ policy platform’, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://greens.org.au/policies/employment-and-workplace-relations (policy on employment and workplace relations, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://greens.org.au/policies/older-people (policy on older people, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://greens.org.au/policies/gender-equality-and-empowerment-women (policy on gender equality and ‘the empowerment of women’, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://greens.org.au/policies/health (policy on health and healthcare, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://janet-rice.greensmps.org.au/articles/greens-celebrate-transgender-day-visibility-announcing-policies-aimed-making-trans-and (TDOV announcement of TGD-related policies, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://greens.org.au/policies/drugs-substance-use-and-addiction (policy on ‘drugs, substance use, and addiction’, accessed 11 May 2019)
https://greens.org.au/policies/housing (policy on housing, accessed 12 May 2019)
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
In the lower house, the Australian Labour Party is running in the electorates of: Aston, Ballarat, Bendigo, Bruce, Calwell, Casey, Chisholm, Cooper, Corangamite, Corio, Deakin, Dunkley, Flinders, Fraser, Gellibrand, Gippsland, Goldstein, Gorton, Higgins, Holt, Hotham, Indi, Isaacs, Jagajaga, Kooyong, La Trobe, Lalor, Macnamara, Mallee, Maribyrnong, McEwan, Melbourne*, Menzies, Monash, Nicholls, Scullin, Wannon, and Wills. The ALP is also running 6 candidates for the upper house.
*The Labour candidate for Melbourne, Luke Creasey, has been disendorsed by Labor and has resigned for saying some really gross stuff in 2012, including making rape jokes and queerphobic comments about lesbians. He will still appear on the ballot and will still be able to be elected as an independent.
It should also be noted that one of the senate candidates in the Northern Territory has resigned over really gross antisemitic comments.
Specifically regarding queer refugees, the ALP has stated that “any assessment of the asylum seeker’s identity and fear should take account of the very different manifestations of [LGBTIQ] identity that other cultures, especially ones profoundly hostile to [LGBTIQ] people, necessarily engender” and that they will “ensure asylum seekers who self-identify as [LGBTIQ] will be assessed by officers who have expertise and empathy with antidiscrimination principles and human rights law. Officers, translators and interpreters at all levels of the assessment process will have specific [LGBTIQ] cultural awareness training to ensure the discrimination asylum seekers face in their country of origin or transit are not replicated.”
They commit to, “in collaboration with LGBTI community-controlled organisations” developing a “National LGBTIQ Health and Inclusion Strategy” to address smoking, alcohol, and other drugs; mental health; trans and gender diverse people’s health; “rights and health needs” of intersex people; and the needs of people born overseas, including international students.
They also commit to funding $10 million to “HIV peak organisations”, and $3 million specifically for “hidden populations” which they identify as: people who aren’t diagnosed with or treated for HIV, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Commitment to ban conversion therapy nationally, and to “work with survivor groups and coordinate with the States and Territories to develop strategies for tackling this practice”.
To, “in collaboration with LGBTI community-controlled organisations” develop a “National LGBTIQ Health and Inclusion Strategy” to address smoking, alcohol, and other drugs; mental health; trans and gender diverse people’s health; “rights and health needs” of intersex people; and the needs of people born overseas, including international students.
They also commit to “prioritise the rights and dignity of LGBTIQ people” in aged care.
Outside of their official policy documents, the ALP have stated that they will “ensure deferral of non-necessary medical intervention on infants and children with intersex variations until such time as the person concerned can give their informed consent”.
They also state that they will “ensure that Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme continue to implement anti-discriminatory policies for LGBTIQ Australians and that same sex couples and their families are not discriminated against in their access to or use of Medicare or the PBS.”
They also state that the ALP “will deliver specific support to LGBTIQ people through our family violence commitments and seek to address existing service delivery gaps”.
Their only mention of queer disabled people specifically is their statement that “Labor will ensure LGBTIQ people with disability fully benefit from the National Disability Insurance Scheme”.
The ALP commit to funding $310,000 to Switchboard Victoria for their Out and About program, a peer support service for elderly queer people living in government funded aged care or on/waiting to receive a home care package*; $600,000 to JOY 94.9 FM, for it’s ongoing operations; and $3 million in grants of up to $300,000 each over three years to “LGBTIQ organisations” for “capacity building, community cohesion and/or advocacy”.
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THE COALITION (LIBERAL PARTY & NATIONAL PARTY)
This is the Coalition that currently forms the government. It is made up of the Liberal Party and the Nationals, and is generally referred to as the LNP.
In the lower house, the Liberals are running in the electorates of: Aston, Ballarat, Bendigo, Bruce, Calwell, Casey, Chisholm, Cooper, Corangamite, Corio, Deakin, Dunkley, Flinders, Fraser, Gellibrand, Goldstein, Gorton, Higgins, Holt, Hotham, Indi, Isaacs*, Jagajaga, Kooyong, La Trobe, Lalor, Macnamara, Mallee, Maribyrnong, McEwan, Melbourne, Menzies, Monash, Scullin, Wannon, and Wills*. In the upper house, there are 5 Liberal candidates on the Coalition ticket (of 6).
In the lower house, the Nationals are running in the electorates of: Gippsland, Indi, Mallee, and Nicholls. In the upper house, there is 1 Nationals candidate on the Coalition ticket (of 6).
*The Liberal candidate for Isaacs, Jeremy Hearn, has been disendorsed by the party for Islamophobic statements. The Liberal candidate for Wills, Peter Killin, has resigned after the revelation that he was encouraging people to join the party with the specific intention of preventing queer people from being elected to office and/or to influential party positions. He also made some very homophobic statements.
Content warning for: CSA
The Liberal candidate for Scullin, Gurpal Singh, has also made statements linking same-sex marriage and paedophilia, but is not being disendorsed by the Liberals.
It should also be noted that one of the lower house candidates in the Tasmania, Jessica Whelan, has resigned over really gross racist, anti-immigration, and Islamophobic comments.
Scott Morrison has also made negative comments regarding queer people, including that a queer-inclusive school program made his “skin curl”.
In terms of mental health, the coalition reiterated their commitment to channelling more funding into headspace, and to provide an “additional 52 million to the National LGBTI Health Alliance”, though they note they already fund “programs specific to their needs”. This includes:
In terms of non-consensual surgeries on intersex children, the Coalition states “the Australian Human Rights Commissions is currently conducting an inquiry into medical interventions of children born with variations in sex characteristics, which will report later in 2019. The Morrison Government will respond after considering the report.” They do say that they consider this a topic for individual states and territories to legislate on, and “predominantly within the scope of parental responsibility”, with cases only going to the Family Court where something “non-therapeutic” has already been done.
The Coalition refuse to commit to ensuring access to gender affirmation treatment through Medicare, or to develop a TGD specific health strategy, saying only that they “support Medicare funding at record levels” and act only upon the advice of “medical experts”.
The government “does not support LGBTIQ+ conversion therapy”, but make no commitments in terms of legislation other than saying that they will “work with the states, which have legal responsibility in this area, to ensure such practices are not supported or occurring”. This is not a legislation commitment.
The Coalition policies regarding queer people are deeply lacking. They hide behind statements of what they have done (which is not a lot) to avoid committing to anything, continue to endorse blatantly queerphobic candidates (including the current prime minister), and currently enact a lot of policies that actively harm every part of our community.
http://nationals.org.au/policies/2019-election-policies/ (Nationals election policy list, accessed 12 May 2019)
UNITED AUSTRALIA PARTY
In the lower house, the United Australia Party is running in the electorates of: Aston, Ballarat, Bendigo, Bruce, Calwell, Casey, Chisholm, Cooper, Corangamite, Corio, Deakin, Dunkley, Flinders, Fraser, Gellibrand, Gippsland, Goldstein, Gorton, Higgins, Holt, Hotham, Indi, Isaacs, Jagajaga, Kooyong, La Trobe, Lalor, Macnamara, Mallee, Maribyrnong, McEwan, Melbourne*, Menzies, Monash, Nicholls, Scullin, Wannon, and Wills. The UAP is also running 3 candidates for the upper house.
The United Australia Party is the party run and financed by super rich guy Clive Palmer. It rebranded this year from the Palmer United Party to the United Australia Party. It should also be noted following the revelation that Tony Hanley, candidate for the electorate of Bean in Canberra, had made some gross racist, queerphobic, and misogynistic statements on social media (invoking, it should be added, incel rhetoric, transphobia, and slurs for POC and queer women), Palmer said that his comments were “not acceptable to to [Palmer]” and he’d “take it up with him”, but Hanley has not been disendorsed and has not resigned.
The most recent policy document that the UAP has is from June 2015. They also have a page of ads for the party from 2019. None of them mention queer people. The one that opened and autoplayed when I pulled up the website began with “Men and women of Australia…”, so it could be assumed that they do not know or care about non-binary people.
ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY
In the lower house, the Animal Justice Party is running in the electorates of: Ballarat, Casey, Chisholm, Cooper, Corangamite, Deakin, Dunkley, Flinders, Higgins, Isaacs, Kooyong, Macnamara, McEwen, Melbourne, Scullin, and Wills. The Animal Justice Party is also running two candidates for the upper house.
All of their policies are from 2017.
They have no policies on queer people, and a single position statement on marriage equality, published 26 September 2017 (less than two months before the return of the postal vote results) stating that “AJP supports equal marriage for all. This flows easily from our core value of equality.”
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THE RISE UP AUSTRALIA PARTY
The Rise Up Australia Party is listed in slackbastard’s Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition.
In the lower house, the Rise Up Australia Party is running in the electorates of: Bendigo, Casey, Chisholm, Corangamite, Dunkley, Hotham, Isaacs, Jagajaga, La Trobe, Macnamara, and Mallee. The RUAP is also running 2 candidates for the upper house.
While the year the policies were updated is not specified, the website is copyright 2015.
The Rise Up Australia Party “opposes same-sex marriage,” “the promotion of homosexuality as a normal practice in schools and in public life,” and “government funding of events, programs, courses, curriculum, policies or lobby groups that advance same-sex marriage”, including “education policies promoting ‘sexual diversity”. They also “believe that school curriculums, social discourse and media commentaries have been hijacked by pro-homosexual propaganda.”
For some reason they also state that, though they “resist homosexuality” that “LGBT” hate crimes “should be prosecuted under existing laws similar to any other violence perpetrated against our citizens.”
They are explicitly Islamophobic, and explicitly promote policies which endanger sex workers.
The RUAP does not support government funding for “fertility treatments for...same sex couples”, and are explicitly anti-choice, yet say that healthcare should be provided “to all human beings in need regardless of creed, race, sexuality, socio-economic status etc.”
RUAP is actively queerphobic and promotes actively harmful policies designed to remove queer participation and visibility from public and private life. They are also explicitly Islamophobic, anti-choice, and explicitly promote policies which endanger sex workers.
DERRYN HINCH’S JUSTICE PARTY
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party is running in the lower house in the districts of: Casey, Chisholm, Corangamite, Deakin, Dunkley, Indi, La Trobe, and McEwen. They are running 2 candidates in the upper house.
Their policies are not dated, but the website states that it and its contents were authorised in 2004.
The only thing under their “equal rights” tab is the statement that in 2017 Derryn Hinch co-sponsored the ‘marriage equality’ amendment of the Marriage Act 1961.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party has not made any commitments to fund queer organisations.
It should be noted that Derryn Hinch backed the repeal of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
I’d also like to note that DHJP is running on a platform of being 'tough on crime' and that queer people - particularly queer people of colour, First Nations queer people, and disabled queer people - already suffer very heavily under our punitive carceral system.
The party has nothing to say about queer issues, other than they supported ‘marriage equality’.
https://www.justiceparty.com.au/our-policies/equal-rights/ (accessed 12/05/19)
https://www.justiceparty.com.au/our-policies/voluntary-euthanasia/ (accessed 12/05/19)
https://www.justiceparty.com.au/our-policies/domestic-viloence-law-reform/ (accessed 12/05/19)
FRASER ANNING’S CONSERVATIVE NATIONAL PARTY (get!!!!! deathed!!!!!!!!)
Content warning for: antisemitism, Islamophobia, queerphobia, reference to Christchurch massacre.
Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party appears in slackbastard’s Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition.
The party is running in the lower house in: Bendigo, Bruce, Calwell, Dunkley, Gippsland, and Mallee. They are running three candidates in the upper house.
Do not fucking vote for Fraser Anning or his party, oh my god.
In the lower house, Sustainable Australia are running in the electorates of: Flinders, Fraser, Gellibrand, Goldstein, Higgins, Hotham, and Macnamara. In the upper house, they are running 2 candidates.
They have no policies that reference queer people.
LABOUR DLP - DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY
This party trades on people mixing it up with the major Labor party (the ALP) when it comes to voting, but it’s a lot more conservative, and a lot smaller. On their website it says they’re the only party “since 1950” to “stand up to the extremes of radical Socialism and rampant Capitalism”.
In the lower house, the DLP are running in the electorates of: Aston, Casey, Chisholm, Deakin, and Menzies. In the upper house, they are running 3 candidates.
The DLP’s 2019 federal election policy platform makes no mention of queer people.
In their broader policy, they are explicitly anti-choice, against queer marriage - to them, a family is “the natural family unit” consisting of “both biological parents, who are married to each other with an aspiration for lifelong commitment, and who both play an active and supportive role in the raising of their children.” They also “believe in the rights and duty of parents to discipline their children, and in the rights of children to have both a mother and a father.” They reiterate that their view of marriage is as a “voluntary union between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, with an aspiration for a lifelong commitment”.
The DLP is also still super mad about Safe Schools, stating their ‘insistence’ on “the removal of the so-called ‘Safe Schools’ program and all associated programs. An inquiry must be held into the development and introduction of this damaging program and the system that promoted it needs to be purged of all associated content.” They link to an article on their website from as recently as October 2018, which includes the statement “one might have thought that the fall of communism internationally in the late 1980s and early 1990s would have ended its influence in policy matters in Australia. However, the current controversy surrounding the ‘Safe Schools’ program proves that the opposite is in fact true,” and goes on to claim that “upon closer inspection, the ‘Safe Schools’ program is part of the Marxist quest to destroy traditional structures and values, without you knowing about it and while you pay for it, under the guise of anti-bullying.”
They also state a belief that “faith-based hospitals and health services are entitled to religious liberty in employment and in the provision of their services.”
The DLP also state that, though they aren’t anti-immigration (we need immigration to bolster our declining birth rates!!!), they believe in “one national identity, one national allegiance and one national flag”. This is white supremacist rhetoric. They also instruct voters to preference the Rise Up Australia Party (a white supremacist party listed in slackbastard’s Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition) fourth.
This is an explicitly anti-queer party who endorse dangerous policy, make use of white supremacist rhetoric, and endorse a white supremacist party.
https://dlp.org.au/ (DLP website, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://dlp.org.au/dlp-2019-federal-election-policy-platform/ (2019 federal election DLP policy platform, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://dlp.org.au/policies/ (DLP list of policy area, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://dlp.org.au/policy-life/ (policy area ‘life’, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://dlp.org.au/policy-family/ (policy area ‘family’, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://dlp.org.au/policy-education/ (policy area ‘education’, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://dlp.org.au/the-harmful-safe-schools-program-our-children-deserve-better/ (DLP article entitled “The harmful ‘safe schools’ program - our children deserve better!”, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://dlp.org.au/policy-health/ (policy area ‘health’, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://dlp.org.au/policy-population-nation/ (policy area ‘population & nation’, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=44811 (Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://dlp.org.au/how-to-vote-dlp-in-victoria/ (how to vote DLP in Victoria, accessed 12 May 2019)
In the lower house, One Nation are running in the electorates of: Bendigo, La Trobe, McEwan, Monash, and Nicholls. In the upper house, they are running 2 candidates.
One Nation appears in slackbastard’s Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition.
One Nation does not have any policies that explicitly mention queer people. One Nation is a racist, Islamophobic, antisemitic, and white supremacist party. Do not fucking vote for them.
https://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=44811 (Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.onenation.org.au/policies/ (One Nation’s policies, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.onenation.org.au/achievements/ (One Nation’s ‘achievements’, accessed 12 May 2019)
In the lower house, the Victorian Socialists are running in the electorates of: Calwell, Cooper, and Wills. They are running no senate candidates.
https://www.victoriansocialists.org.au/election_policies (VS election policies, accessed 12 May 2019)
CITIZENS ELECTORAL COUNCIL
In the lower house, the CEC are running in the electorates of: Calwell and Mallee. In the upper house, they are running 2 candidates.
The CEC appears in slackbastard’s Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition.
GREAT AUSTRALIA PARTY
In the lower house, the GAP are running in the electorates of: Casey and Fraser. In the upper house, they are running 2 candidates.
The Great Australia Party is an openly racist, Islamophobic, and antisemitic party, who have a goal of “zero net immigration”. The main page of the website proclaims that the party stands for “the restoration of the Commonwealth”.
Their education policy states that “to ensure [a “fundamental level of education”] we will replace the UNESCO “PROGRESSIVE” system with a full “SYLLABUS” system. Emphasis is on responsibility, competition and discipline. We will address the investigation of particular roles in education e.g. School Inspectors, ensure respect of the various religious Values, Patriotism and Morality.”
Their family policy states that “political correctness has put rights before responsibility; lack of respect and commitment has resulted in a breakdown of marriage and the family unit.” They also are really strongly against single parent families.
While they do not explicitly mention queer people, these policies, and their high preferencing of the DLP, as well as other extremely conservative parties, indicate a lack of interest in not harming our communities.
https://www.greataustralianparty.com.au/ (GAP website, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.greataustralianparty.com.au/immigration/ (GAP immigration policy, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.greataustralianparty.com.au/education/ (GAP education policy, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.greataustralianparty.com.au/family/ (GAP family policy, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.greataustralianparty.com.au/htv/ (GAP how to vote cards, accessed 12 May 2019)
In the lower house, Reason is running in the electorates of: Melbourne, Cooper, and Menzies. They are not running any candidates for the upper house.
Reason lists 19 policy headings in the federal section of their website. Queer rights is not one of these. The only direct mentions of queer people in their federal policies are:
under their Refugees and Asylum Seeker policy where they commit to “Ensure asylum seekers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex (LGBTI) are not sent to, or held in, regions that are hostile to LGBTI people”
And under ‘Our Promise’ where they say “This includes freedom from discrimination and exploitation on the basis of race or nationality, disability, sexuality or gender, religion or belief; freedom of expression and the right to decide what you do with your own body.”
SHOOTERS, FISHERS, & FARMERS
In the lower house, the Shooters, Fishers, & Farmers are running in the electorates of: Gippsland and Mallee. In the upper house, they are running 2 candidates.
The SFF party is into shooting, fishing, and farming. They don’t have any policies that explicitly mention queer people on their website.
https://www.shootersfishersandfarmers.org.au/issues (accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.shootersfishersandfarmers.org.au/our_achievements (accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.shootersfishersandfarmers.org.au/policies (accessed 12 May 2019)
SOCIALIST EQUALITY PARTY
In the lower house, the Socialist Equality Party are running in the electorate of Calwell. In the upper house, they are running 2 candidates.
Their only statement related to queer rights reads as follows: “The SEP opposes identity politics, including the retrograde #MeToo movement, used by the upper-middle class to enhance their privileged economic and social position. Identity politics is aimed at splitting the working class and obscuring the fact that in capitalist society the fundamental divide is that of class—between the working class and its exploiters, i.e., those who own the means of production and finance. The democratic and social rights of workers, whatever their gender, sexuality, skin colour or religion can only be defended through a unified movement from below to abolish capitalism.” This is… not wonderful!
http://www.sep.org.au/website/about/election-2019/ (accessed 12 May 2019)
AUSTRALIA FIRST PARTY
The Australia First Party appears in slackbastard’s Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition.
In the lower house, the AFP are running in the electorate of Lalor. They are running no candidates in the upper house.
They are overt white supremacists, openly racist, Islamophobic, and antisemitic, calling for a return of the White Australia policy. The website is filled with absolutely vile rhetoric. I couldn’t find anything that explicitly mentioned queer people. Do not fucking vote for these people.
SOURCES (content warning for racism, antisemitism and antisemitic imagery, Islamophobia, ableism, and explicit white supremacist content)
The Australian Conservatives are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 3 in the upper house.
This is the party of Cory Bernardi, and a popular top five preference choice of white supremacist parties across Victoria. They are identified by myvotematters (by the Islamic Council of Victoria) as an openly Islamophobic party.
Don’t! Vote! For! Them!
https://www.conservatives.org.au/society_culture (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.conservatives.org.au/immigration_citizenship (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.conservatives.org.au/education (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.conservatives.org.au/our_policies (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.conservatives.org.au/our_movement (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.conservatives.org.au/our_principles (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.corybernardi.com/decency_abandoned (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.facebook.com/myvotemattersau/photos/a.457681271397902/613564235809604/?type=3&theater (accessed 13 May 2019)
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF AUSTRALIA
The RPA are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
Their policies have not been updated since 2014, and do not mention queer people. They describe themselves as “a minor Australian political party dedicated to ending the country's links with the UK and establishing a republic.”
https://www.facebook.com/pg/RPofA/about/?ref=page_internal (accessed 13 May 2019)
http://therepublicans.com.au/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
http://therepublicans.com.au/category/librarycat/policies/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
http://therepublicans.com.au/2013/07/30/the-ten-point-platform-of-the-republican-party-of-australia/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
THE SMALL BUSINESS PARTY OF AUSTRALIA
The Small Business Party of Australia is are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
The SBPA do not mention queer people - they have only really developed policies related to small business, with a pretty conservative slant. They preference Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Sustainable Australia, the Australian Conservatives, the Coalition, and Labour DLP.
https://thesmallbusinessparty.com/federal-policies/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://thesmallbusinessparty.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SBP-Federal-How-to-Vote-VIC.pdf (accessed 13 May 2019)
CLIMATE ACTION! IMMIGRATION ACTION! ACCOUNTABLE POLITICIANS!
Climate Action! Immigration Action! Accountable Politicians! are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
The Australian Democrats are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
They note that they will support education legislation which “fulfils the right of every person in Australia irrespective of gender, ethnicity, class, socio-economic background, age, sexual preference, disability, religion, national origin or geographic location, to an equal level of educational opportunity, through the provision of teaching and educational facilities which enable the full development of their potential”, “continues to work for a community which supports harmony, the elimination of prejudice and the combating of discrimination”, and “builds communities that are more tolerant, compassionate and mutually respectful”.
They also wish to “[protect] freedom of religion, while observing and maintaining the separation of powers between religious organisations and the state”, and it should be noted that they instruct voters to preference the RUAP fourth, a white supremacist party which appears in slackbastard’s Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition.
INDEPENDENTS FOR CLIMATE ACTION NOW
Independents for Climate Action Now are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
SOURCES - pdf is searchable
The Liberal Democrats are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
This is David Leyonhjelm’s party, and is often confused by old racists with the Liberal Party who currently form government.
Their policy on “lifestyle choices” are as follows:
However, in the section entitled “equality before the law”, they espouse the abolishment of:
It should also be noted that the logo of the Liberal Democrats is the southern cross on an orange background, the southern cross being a common white supremacist dogwhistle, and that they instruct voters to preference One Nation third.
They’re actually more overtly right-wing than the Big Liberals, and want to defund queer organisations.
SECULAR PARTY OF AUSTRALIA
The SPA are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
They have two policies that mention queer people:
THE PIRATE PARTY
The Pirate Party are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
The PP have relatively basic policies in regards to queer people
The general “freedom from discrimination by government, based on any arbitrary or generalised condition, including gender, age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion (or lack thereof), social sub-cultural and political affiliation”, with “all publically [sic] funded bodies, universities, and bodies paid to act on behalf of the state [...] will have no right to discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race or sexual alignment in the delivery of service provision, access to resources, or any use of public or educational premises and facilities.”
They wish to “change immigration and asylum seeker processes regarding claims of gender, sex and orientation based oppression”.
To “replace the Marriage Act 1961 with a Civil Unions Act” in the interests of marriage equality.
To “decriminalise sex work and limit police intervention to cases of exploitation and coercion”.
They commit to sex education in schools, and to “extend the Safe Schools programme by bringing in Safe Schools representatives to engage with recurring bullying problems and the individual students involved”.
They commit to “improve treatment of transgender and intersex persons”, which includes:
Their queer related policies are relatively basic, and they seem to prioritise ‘free speech’ over the wellbeing of marginalised populations.
Voteflux.org are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
AUSTRALIAN WORKERS PARTY
The Australian Workers Party are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
The AWP has minimal mention of queer people on their website and in policy discussion, and they’re mostly limited to general statements about equality and discrimination.
“We believe in equality. Equality in opportunity, in rights, in the workplace, in ownership, in justice and in an individual's right to live a happy life. We do not support any measure that inhibits equality or divides our community.”
“AWP is committed to ensure no child is subject to any detriment or discrimination due to their ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, cultural heritage, gender, geographical location or financial status. We do not support any barriers in the provision of education.”
“Youth suicide will be targeted through increased availability of services, reinvestment in apprenticeship and traineeships to increase employment opportunities, social and human rights equality, and anti-bullying campaigns through schools.”
HEALTH AUSTRALIA PARTY
The Health Australia Party are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
The HAP are ‘not anti-vaxxers’, they just “oppose No Jab No Play/Pay legislation” (the legislation which makes you vaccinate your fucking children). They’re right, this is a sensitive and important distinction.
Their website and policies contain no mention of queer people.
SOURCES - pdf is searchable
YELLOW VEST AUSTRALIA
Yellow Vest Australia are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
Yellow Vest Australia is the party previously known as Australian Liberty Alliance, and appears in slackbastard’s Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition. They are openly Islamophobic, antisemitic, racist, and promote white supremacist views. The website links to right-wing websites such as Breitbart.
Do not fucking vote for them.
SOURCES - pdf is searchable, automatically tries to print
https://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=44811 (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/yellow-vests-protesting-france-181206083636240.html (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.australianlibertyalliance.org.au/blog/yesterday-the-australian-electoral-commission.html (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.australianlibertyalliance.org.au/values-and-policies/values-and-core-policies.html (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.australianlibertyalliance.org.au/documents/Constitution-of-the-Party-OG14002R1.pdf (accessed 13 May 2019)
CATEGORY Z - SHARED INDEPENDENT TICKET
Two independents - Sunny Chandra and Robert Whitehill - have formed an alliance so that they will be able to be voted for both above and below the line. They are not a party, and will act as independents if elected.
Neither mention queer people.
KENNETH GORDON BETTS
Independent who says he’s standing for “traditional family values”. His website doesn’t mention queer people.
Independent. He doesn’t have a lot of policies - his top listed is that he wants all political decisions to be explained with short videos that “act like Key Performance Indicators for legislation”, and to automate the “public service sector”. His website doesn’t mention queer people.
Independent, a barrister, has stated his “main issues of concern” in a press release as:
KARL F MORRIS
Independent, seems to be campaigning against the ALP, but his website says that he’ll support the legislation of any party in power with the “one exception” of “hands off our pensions and superannuation”, unless there is a change of prime minister. His how to vote cards seem to reflect the preferencing of the individual parties. His website and youtube channel do not mention queer people.
Of course queer rights aren’t the only important topic this election. Here’s a list of other election resources. Find one we haven’t included? Send us a link at [email protected]!
REFUGEES & ASYLUM SEEKERS
JEWISH LABOUR BUND
Refugee policy: https://www.facebook.com/JewishLabourBund/photos/a.1649199745291853/2474212029457283/
Health policy: https://www.facebook.com/JewishLabourBund/photos/a.1649199745291853/2473046779573808/
Identifying Right Wing Parties