Here's What Every Party in the Federal Election Has to Say About Queer Rights

THE GREENS

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.

COMMUNITY

LIFE/LAW

In terms of childcare and education, the Greens have committed to:

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:

HEALTHCARE

The Greens have committed to the creation of a “national LGBTIQ+ health strategy”, which includes:

CONSULTATION

ADDITIONAL

SOURCES - all PDF documents are searchable.


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.


COMMUNITY

  • 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.”


LIFE/LAW


HEALTHCARE


FUNDING

  • 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”.


CONSULTATION


ADDITIONAL



SOURCES - all PDF documents are searchable.


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”.


QUEER SECTION

LIFE/LAW


HEALTHCARE


FUNDING


CONSULTATION


ADDITIONAL


KEY TAKEAWAY

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.


SOURCES

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.


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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.”


SOURCES - all PDF documents are searchable.




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.


QUEER SECTION


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.


KEY TAKEAWAY


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.


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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.


QUEER SECTION


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.


KEY TAKEAWAY


The party has nothing to say about queer issues, other than they supported ‘marriage equality’.


SOURCES


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.



KEY TAKEAWAY


Do not fucking vote for Fraser Anning or his party, oh my god.


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SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA


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.


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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.



KEY TAKEAWAY


This is an explicitly anti-queer party who endorse dangerous policy, make use of white supremacist rhetoric, and endorse a white supremacist party.


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ONE NATION


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.


SOURCES

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)



VICTORIAN SOCIALISTS


In the lower house, the Victorian Socialists are running in the electorates of: Calwell, Cooper, and Wills. They are running no senate candidates.



SOURCES

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.



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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.



SOURCES

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)


REASON
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.”


SOURCE


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.


SOURCES

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!


SOURCES

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)


AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATIVES


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.



  • Yikes.


Don’t! Vote! For! Them!


SOURCES

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.”


SOURCES

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.


SOURCES

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.



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AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS


The Australian Democrats are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.




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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


LIBERAL DEMOCRATS


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.


KEY TAKEAWAY

They’re actually more overtly right-wing than the Big Liberals, and want to defund queer organisations.


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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:


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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

They commit to “improve treatment of transgender and intersex persons”, which includes:





KEY TAKEAWAY

Their queer related policies are relatively basic, and they seem to prioritise ‘free speech’ over the wellbeing of marginalised populations.


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VOTEFLUX.ORG


Voteflux.org are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.



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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.


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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.


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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.


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KENNETH GORDON BETTS


Independent who says he’s standing for “traditional family values”. His website doesn’t mention queer people.


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MAX DICKS


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.


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MURRAY McINNIS


Independent, a barrister, has stated his “main issues of concern” in a press release as:


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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.


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OTHER ISSUES

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

DISABILITY

FIRST NATIONS

ISLAMOPHOBIA

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/

SEX WORKERS


Identifying Right Wing Parties


DIGITAL RIGHTS

CLIMATE CHANGE