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 intersex people, they commit to funding peer support organisations for both online and offline programs, to develop Intersex Advisory Boards within the Department of Health, which would assist in “the development of standards of care and effective oversight of medical interventions with meaningful community participation”. They have committed to some extent to ending non-consensual surgeries on intersex children (they say “the rights of intersex people [will be] protected in law by requiring fully informed personal consent before any deferrable medical interventions that alter sex characteristics can be performed”, but also that “irreversible medical intervention for children born with an intersex variation [is] to occur only when they are able to give informed consent, unless it is determined to be both in the best interest of the child and necessary for the maintenance of health or the preservation of life”) and improving information and services provided.
For rural/regional queers, they commit to “tailored support for people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations living in regional areas and their communities in response to their specific needs.”
The other policy statements that might be said to fit into this category is regarding their plans for a grants scheme for community organisations. They mention specific funding streams for “intersex organisations; LGBTIQ+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations; organisations working to fill the current gaps in data collection and research into LGBTIQ+ communities; advocacy organisations; organisations supporting rainbow families, and organisations supporting the resettlement of LGBTIQ+ refugees in Australia.”
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:
They also commit specifically to developing “education, training and accreditation programs directed at achieving diversity and inclusiveness and eliminating homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and prejudice based on intersex status in the workplace”, “protection for transgender and intersex people against employment discrimination”, the legislation for “all-gender toilets in the workplace”, and the “removal of religious exemptions from employment laws, which allow religious institutions to discriminate against LGBT people in employment.”
For competitive sport, the Greens have committed to:
“The removal of discrimination against transgender, gender diverse and intersex athletes in competitive sport”, and the “adoption of codes of practice in sport which discourage acts of violent or antisocial behaviour and encourage a culture of respect for all people, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.”
In terms of daily life (excluding healthcare, which has its own section), the Greens have also committed to:
Forming a Charter of Rights to “protect LGBTIQ+ rights in law”, to legislate to remove “religious exemptions in federal anti-discrimination laws”, and also reforming other such legislation as the Family Law Act;
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,”;
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.”
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,”;
The Greens have committed to the creation of a “national LGBTIQ+ health strategy”, which includes:
Investing $1.7 million in the LGBTI Health Alliance and its partner organisations to facilitate health programs and initiatives that will benefit trans and gender diverse people in Australia. These programs will include training for “service providers involved in the delivery of health, mental health, community and aged care services to people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations and their families”. They say that they “will ensure that these programs have a regional focus” and commit a further $600,000 in funding for programs that prioritise First Nations transgender and gender diverse people. They will additionally ensure “ongoing training for medical students and professionals in the clinical needs of patients with specific gender, sexuality, disability, cultural or religious requirements.”
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:
The introduction of “regulatory and legislative enforcement of peak psychological and health bodies to prohibit the use of conversion ‘therapy’ by mental health professionals, including social workers, unregistered and registered health professionals, teachers and more.” This enforcement would cover “any attempts to change, suppress, cure, heal or repair the sexual orientation or gender identity of children or adults”;
The criminalisation of “any attempt to remove a person from Australia for the purposes of conversion change efforts”, and
Working in consultation with “the broader LGBTIQ+ community to determine whether criminal or civil penalties are appropriate for practitioners and referrers”.
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:
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
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.”
We’ve detailed their commitments to intersex people above, but again, they to some extent commit to banning non-consensual surgeries on intersex children (“irreversible medical intervention for children born with an intersex variation to occur only when they are able to give informed consent, unless it is determined to be both in the best interest of the child and necessary for the maintenance of health or the preservation of life.”).
The Greens commit for “governments and their agencies to consult with communities and representative groups of people with diverse sexualities, diverse gender identities and intersex variations, on the development of policies and programs relevant to them,”
To “establish a whole of government ministerial advisory group on LGBTIQ+ issues”, which will provide “strategic advice to ministers and ensure decisions affecting LGBTIQ+ communities are made only after meaningful consultation”. It will “lead on the creation of a whole of government LGBTIQ+ strategy and will be resourced with public service secretariat support”, and also be supported by ‘working groups’ to “ensure a whole of government approach”.
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.”
Though they make a commitment to changing the Sex Discrimination Act to stop religious schools being able to discriminate against queer staff and students, they undermine the strength of this statement by adding that they will “consult with stakeholders on the best way forward to address this issue, and then legislate to make our commitment law.” ‘Stakeholders’ here could include people who wish to retain the legal right to discriminate against queer people.
Outside of official policy documents, they also state that they will “continue to support national programs to address homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and anti-intersex prejudice in schools.”
Though they appear to commit to “ending all remaining discrimination at the federal level”, and mention the problems with the Fair Work Act (it doesn’t protect trans and intersex people), the closest thing they have to a commitment to altering it is the very general statement that “Labor will continue to work to remove all discriminatory measures against LGBTIQ people from Commonwealth law”.
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.”
It must also be said that when asked whether or not Labor would ensure access to gender affirmation treatments through Medicare, their comment was only that “many gender affirmation treatments… are covered by Medicare”. So - no, also they did not do the reading.
They commit to funding $62 million to “Local Community Prevention and Frontline Service Grants” with “dedicated streams for First Nations women, women with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse women and LGBTIQ people.”
To establish dedicated LGBTIQ family violence services in all states and territories.
Establishing a LGBTIQ-specific national plan on family violence prevention.
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”.
The ALP commit to establishing a “National LGBTIQ Ministerial Advisory Council” - essentially, a group of queer people that will ‘advise’ the government on stuff - which will meet four times a year.
They also commit to “appointing Australia’s first full time LGBTIQ Human Rights Commissioner”. They do not mention if this person will be queer themselves.
Outside of their official policy documents, the ALP has also committed to “support and assist both local and international civil society organisations in promoting LGBTIQ human rights”, prioritising “our Pacific neighbours, our Indo-Pacific region and the nations of the Commonwealth” to “encourage” the abolishment of discriminatory laws, “most urgently” where the death penalty is imposed, and with a particular focus on “homosexual sexual conduct”.
They also state that they will work with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and their planned LGBTIQ Advisory Council in order to collect “statistical information about the Australian LGBTIQ community... in a way that respects privacy, does not inadvertently place people at risk, and does not lead to unintended consequences.”
SOURCES - all PDF documents are searchable.
https://www.alp.org.au/policies/a-fair-go-for-lgbtiq-australians/ (website page for main queer policies, accessed 7 May 2019)
https://www.alp.org.au/media/1805/a_fair_go_for_lgbtiq_australians.pdf (pdf of queer policies, accessed 7 May 2019)
https://equalityaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/QSP0080-ALP-response-Rainbow-Votes.pdf (ALP responses to the Rainbow votes survey, accessed 7 May 2019)
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.
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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”.
The Coalition have stalled on the subject of removing religious exemptions from anti-discrimination law by referring “the issue of religious exemptions to Commonwealth, state and territory discrimination laws to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) for inquiry and report.” They also refuse to make any commitments in regards to changes to the Fair Work Act, saying “any potential changes to the Fair Work Act will require a formal process of engagement and consultation with the states and territories.”
They state that they are currently “carefully considering the 60 recommendations finalised in March 2019 by the ALRC - including many recommendations that suggest amendments to the Family Law Act.The Morrison Government will engage with key stakeholders, including LGBTIQ+ organisations, to develop options for reform that best ensure that the family law system delivers just, effectíve and safe outcomes for all Australian families, including LGBTIQ+ families.”
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:
MindOUT!, which will receive $536 million over three years, beginning last year, “for its project to improve mental health and prevent suicide in the community by working with mainstream organisations,” and
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.
They did note that they “will continue to invest in regional and global efforts to combat HIV and AIDS”.
In terms of aid to international queer organisations, they stated that “the Morrison Government is committed to continue calling out abuses of LGBTIQ+ human rights in appropriate international forums.”
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.
https://equalityaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Morrison-Government-response-to-Equality-Australia.pdf (Coalition response to Rainbow votes survey, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/political-candidates-social-media-posts-dumped/11077652 (ABC article about disendorsed candidates, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-08/federal-election-liberals-keeping-candidate-gurpal-singh/11092816 (ABC article about Gurpal Singh, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/03/scott-morrison-sends-his-children-to-private-school-to-avoid-skin-curling-sexuality-discussions (Guardian write-up of Scott Morrison’s “skin curl” comments, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.liberal.org.au/ (Liberal party website, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.liberal.org.au/our-policies (Liberal party election policy list, accessed 12 May 2019)
http://nationals.org.au/ (National party website, accessed 12 May 2019)
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.
https://www.unitedaustraliaparty.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Vision-for-Australia-June-2015.pdf (policy document, accessed 7 May 2019)
https://www.unitedaustraliaparty.org.au/2019-election-launch-and-policy-speech/ (webpage of ads, accessed 7 May 2019)
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.
https://animaljusticeparty.org/ (party website, accessed 25 April 2019)
https://animaljusticeparty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/AJP-Policies16-1.pdf (full policy document, accessed 25 April 2019.)
https://animaljusticeparty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/marriage-equality-1.pdf (position statement on marriage equality, accessed 25 April 2019)
https://animaljusticeparty.org/policy-information-sheets/ (policy information sheets, accessed 25 April 2019)
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.”
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.
http://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=44811 (list of alt-right orgs, accessed 12/05/19)
https://riseupaustraliaparty.com/ (accessed 12/05/19)
https://riseupaustraliaparty.com/our-policies/same-sex-marriage/ (accessed 12/05/19)
https://riseupaustraliaparty.com/our-policies/multi-cultures/ (accessed 12/05/19)
https://riseupaustraliaparty.com/our-policies/policy-principles/ (accessed 12/05/19)
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.
The ‘objects’ of the party include explicitly white supremacist aims, explicitly anti-choice aims, and the statement that they stand for “traditional family values” and that marriage should be recognised “as only the union of a man and a woman”.
Their how-to-vote card for the senate proclaims: “VOTE TO STOP MUSLIMS AND SUDANESE IMMIGRATION” in all-caps, and tell the voter to preference other explicitly Islamophobic and white-supremacist parties.
The only policy listed on their website is veteran affairs, which could be linked with the party’s desire to increase Australia’s militarisation.
A blog post of Anning’s, here, is extremely Islamophobic, and states the ‘view’ that Christchurch shooting was a direct result of “mass immigration” of Muslims. The candidate for the electorate of Bruce, Tim Boyanton, supports the Conservative National Party because “Australians right now need...leaders that will call out political correctness jargon and protect our freedom of speech and traditional values.”
The TV ads run by Anning show him wearing a pin featuring the Southern Cross, a common white supremacist dogwhistle, and with a figure of Donald Trump on the bookshelf behind him.
Do not fucking vote for Fraser Anning or his party, oh my god.
https://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=44811 (Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition, accessed 12/05/19)
https://www.conservativenationalparty.org/objects (principles of the party, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.conservativenationalparty.org/bruce (accessed 12/05/19)
https://www.conservativenationalparty.org/policies (accessed 12/05/19)
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/fraser-anning-staffer-and-alleged-nazi-enthusiast-employed-by-home-affairs-20190321-p51698.html (Sydney Morning Herald article on the writing of the ‘final solution’ speech, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-45191315 (BBC article on the ‘final solution’ speech, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c6e4286e4afe92de294eb8c/t/5cc9265ad90fb2000164a73a/1556686435296/VIC+Senate.png (how-to-vote card for ‘rest of Victoria’ (senate), accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-18/fraser-annings-alt-right-staff-have-secret-plan-nazis/11025260 (ABC article of far right support for Anning, accessed 12 May 2019)
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.
Sustainable Australia is one of the minor parties trading off a somewhat misleading name. It’s racism hiding under a cloak of environmentalism, with strong emphasis on reducing immigration and population growth so that “all of [their environmental effort] isn't undermined”.
A real gross quote they have in reference to population growth is “Rapid population growth is unsustainable and undesirable, regardless of whether it comes from high immigration or high native fertility.”
They have no policies that reference queer people.
https://www.sustainableaustralia.org.au/ (Sustainable Australia website, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.sustainableaustralia.org.au/federal_2019 (federal election plan, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.sustainableaustralia.org.au/policies (webpage of policies, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.sustainableaustralia.org.au/sustainable_population_immigration_australia/ (policy on population and immigration to Australia, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://www.sustainableaustralia.org.au/sustainable_population_global/ (policy on global population, accessed 12 May 2019)
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.”
Their education policy is linked from their main page under the title “Enough gender nonsense!”
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.
The Victorian Socialists’ policy relating to queer people reads as follows: “make all discrimination against LGBTI people illegal – no support for religious exemptions; full rights for trans and intersex people; full, publicly-funded medical services for gender transition; fully-funded school programs for non judgemental sex education and anti violence campaigns; full adoption rights.”
They also support the full decriminalisation of sex work, though it must be noted that this is listed in their ‘women’s rights’ policies.
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.
This party has no explicit policies on queer people.
Their main focus on their website seems to be banks, and from this focus they have come to the conclusion that “the parties that are genuine include: Katter’s Australian Party [...], The Greens [...], Pauline Hanson’s One Nation [...], [and] Centre Alliance”.
https://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=44811 (Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition, accessed 12 May 2019)
https://cecaust.com.au/election2019 (CEC’s federal election platform, accessed 12 May 2019).
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.”
https://reason.org.au/federal-policies/, accessed 14th of May
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.
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)
https://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=44811 (Brief Guide to the Australian Far Right April 2019 edition, accessed 13 May 2019)
https://australiafirstparty.net/ (website main page, accessed 13 May 2019)
https://australiafirstparty.net/our-policies/our-8-core-policies/ (‘8 core policies’, accessed 13 May 2019)
https://australiafirstparty.net/our-policies/election-programme/ (election platform, accessed 13 May 2019)
https://australiafirstparty.net/australia-in-peril/treachery-within/antifa-communists/ (page on ‘antifa communists’, accessed 13 May 2019)
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.
In terms of queer people, the AC state that they “recognise the importance of the natural family as the best possible institution [for raising children]. What is best for our families is best for society and Australian Conservatives support stronger families by acknowledging the complementary but different roles that Mothers and Fathers play in raising their children”, say also that “traditional family is the foundation stone of civil society. We commit to supporting families by defending the traditional definition of marriage”, and that they “support the removal of all political indoctrination from the curriculum.”
Pieces on the blog by Cory Bernardi contain transphobic comments, and link to some really gross ‘articles’.
They commit to “repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act and similar laws that ban ‘offence’ and ‘insult’ as these terms are far too subjective and stifle free speech”. They also “support our world-leading offshore processing and illegal boat arrival turn-back policies.”
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)
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)
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.
CA!IA!AP! are the party previously known as Online Direct Democracy. Their whole thing is that “members of Parliament (Senators & House of Representatives) vote in accordance with the clear majority public vote (YOU) when making laws. Everyone on the AEC Electoral Roll will be able to vote on any — or every — new law, or changes to existing laws in Australia, for free.”
Thus, they have no policies.
https://www.onlinedirectdemocracy.org/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.onlinedirectdemocracy.org/it-plan (accessed 13 May 2019)
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.
https://www.australian-democrats.org.au/our-vision/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.australian-democrats.org.au/policy/education/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.australian-democrats.org.au/policy/community/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.australian-democrats.org.au/htv/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=44811 (accessed 13 May 2019)
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.
ICAN are another single issue party and are essentially what they say on the tin - a group of independents who are advocating for some kind of climate action. Their policy on areas which are not climate related is as follows: “ICAN candidates and future parliamentarians will pursue other policy areas as independents. Therefore, it will be important that ICAN supporters come to know their candidate’s and representative’s positions on policy areas of importance to them. [...] the spirit of our constitution includes a commitment to evidence-based policies. Bringing the party into disrepute via inappropriate or extreme policy positions would constitute grounds for censure or party expulsion.”
Neither of the Victorian candidates mention queer people.
SOURCES - pdf is searchable
https://i-c-a-n.com.au/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://i-c-a-n.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ICAN_Policy_Draft_020419.pdf (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.paulwittwer.com/platform (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://i-c-a-n.com.au/kammy-cordner-hunt-policies/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
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:
“Would amend relevant legislation so that marriage between two individuals had the same consequences irrespective of whether they were of the same or different gender.
Believes those who perform marriages and provide marriage services should be free to discriminate in accordance with their own views of marriage”;
They also, weirdly (for them), want to decriminalise sex work.
However, in the section entitled “equality before the law”, they espouse the abolishment of:
“all affirmative action programs”, “all government funded programs and bodies that cater to particular ethnic, racial, religious or gender groups”, “government funding for bodies that promote group discrimination such as the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia”, and “the power of all bodies except courts to issue binding decisions on matters such as discrimination and vilification.”
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.
https://www.ldp.org.au/victimless_crimes (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.ldp.org.au/lifestyle_choices (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.ldp.org.au/equality_before_the_law (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.ldp.org.au/how_to_vote_in_the_federal_election (accessed 13 May 2019)
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:
“It is the policy of the Secular Party that government-approved courses of sex education be given in all schools, to all children. These courses will also instruct children on matters concerning gender equality and will address issues such as homophobia.”
https://www.secular.org.au/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.secular.org.au/preferences-federal-election-2019/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.secular.org.au/policies/prayers-pledges-and-labels/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.secular.org.au/policies/education/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.secular.org.au/policies/human-rights-and-anti-discrimination/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
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.”
To “replace the Marriage Act 1961 with a Civil Unions Act” in the interests of marriage equality.
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:
“adopt United Kingdom National Health Service recommendations as a starting point for treatment approach to transgender persons, and specifically WPATH with practice guidelines sourced from the Royal College of Psychiatrists”;
The application includes the requirement of parental consent and a medical practitioners’ consent for people under 18, and for passports the application process includes making a declaration of “how long you have maintained your current sex/gender identity”.
They want to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, “ensuring that pre-existing common law protections are sufficient to manage all cases of intimidation and harassment.”
Their queer related policies are relatively basic, and they seem to prioritise ‘free speech’ over the wellbeing of marginalised populations.
https://pirateparty.org.au/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://pirateparty.org.au/wiki/Platform (accessed 13 May 2019)
Voteflux.org are not running any candidates in the lower house, but are running 2 in the upper house.
Their website contains no policy statements, other than that they “believe in democracy” and the “distribution of real political power to include all Australians”. They call themselves a “movement of political expression, not political ideology”, with “a platform of parliamentary reform, and we deliberately do not have any other platforms”.
It seems to be similar to Climate Action! Immigration Action! Accountable Politicians!, in that Voteflux.org would have an app through which you’d vote on policy positions. You could give your vote to someone else on issues you didn’t care about, or on every issue. They call this “empowering specialists”.
https://voteflux.org/about/vision-and-purpose/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://voteflux.org/about/how/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://twitter.com/DustinPerryFlux/status/1126452679251677186 (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://github.com/voteflux/voteflux.github.io/blob/master/posts/candidate-selection.md (accessed 13 May 2019)
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.”
http://www.australianworkersparty.org/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
http://www.australianworkersparty.org/what-we-are-about.html (accessed 13 May 2019)
http://www.australianworkersparty.org/policies.html (accessed 13 May 2019)
http://www.australianworkersparty.org/equality.html (accessed 13 May 2019)
http://www.australianworkersparty.org/education.html (accessed 13 May 2019)
http://www.australianworkersparty.org/health.html (accessed 13 May 2019)
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
https://www.healthaustraliaparty.com.au/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.healthaustraliaparty.com.au/our-people/candidates/#toggle-id-4 (accessed 13 May 2019)
https://www.healthaustraliaparty.com.au/about/preamble/ (accessed 13 May 2019)
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.
In terms of queer people, they state in their ‘values and core policies’ that they “understand and respect that some Australians prefer to live in same-sex partnerships” and “will combat negative stereotyping and mitigate financial disadvantages where they may still exist for homosexual couples”, but “reject the notion that homosexual partnerships are the same as marriage and natural families. The right of children to grow up in a natural family must remain protected and 'alternative sexual orientations' shall not be actively promoted in schools and public institutions.”
Do not fucking vote for them.
SOURCES - pdf is searchable, automatically tries to print
https://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=44811 (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.
Sunny Chandra is a “centrist”, and is running on platform mainly of pro-immigration and regional development designed to appeal to conservatives (emphasis on the importance of “assimilation”).
Robert Whitehill identifies as “centre-left”, and is platforming on “transport”, “environment and sustainability”, and “Autistic acceptance and equality”. His views on Autism are very othering.
Neither mention queer people.
http://sunny4senate.com/biography/ (accessed 14 May 2019)
http://sunny4senate.com/manifesto/ (accessed 14 May 2019)
http://www.indianlink.com.au/sunny-pratap-chandra-federal-elections-victoria/ (accessed 14 May 2019)
http://www.robertwhitehill.net/FAQs.html (accessed 14 May 2019)
http://www.robertwhitehill.net/Policies.html (accessed 14 May 2019)
KENNETH GORDON BETTS
Independent who says he’s standing for “traditional family values”. His website doesn’t mention queer people.
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2324590847818049&id=100008014699300 (accessed 14 May 2019)
https://www.kennethbetts.net/ (accessed 14 May 2019)
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.
https://www.vote1maxdicks.com.au/ (accessed 14 May 2019)
https://www.vote1maxdicks.com.au/modern-political-system (accessed 14 May 2019)
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.
https://www.youtube.com/user/MoeMozza/videos (accessed 14 May 2019)
https://www.karlmorris.com/ (accessed 14 May 2019)
https://www.karlmorris.com/what-i-stand-for (accessed 14 May 2019)
https://www.karlmorris.com/how-to-vote-karl-official (accessed 14 May 2019)
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/
decriminalisation in victoria - http://vixencollective.net/campaigns/decrim-now/
Identifying Right Wing Parties
Australian Youth Climate Coalition - https://www.aycc.org.au/scorecard