With the Australian election this Saturday, many will turn their attention to one of the two party preferred for their vote – Labor or Liberal.
The reality, of any election, is the vote you cast is not reserved for the two parties alone. Several parties have laid their claim to fame within recent years, with young and old Australians alike voting in favour for something different.
These micro parties range from pro-Christian parties, to motoring enthusiasts, to a pirate party. Here is a list of five and their political positions:
Australian Defence Veterans Party
- Their mission is to represent all Australians, with a particular focus on ageing care and those who have fought and served their country.
- The five policy areas they target are: suicide, homelessness, mental health, employment and health care.
Australian Sex Party
- They wish to remove automatic tax exemptions for religions
- Legalise physician assisted dying
- Promote clean energy for the future
- To legalise, tax and regulate personal cannabis
- Stop off-shore processing of asylum seekers
Drug Law Reform Australia
- The party promotes the idea of Australia establishing a Royal Commission into illicit drugs
- To create a new regulatory model for drugs, following suit of such countries as New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland
- To allow the Australian public to have a conscious vote on the subject
Nick Xenophon Team
- The party, known as NXT, fights for gambling reform on pokies and online
- Change in National Electricity Market, reducing the windfall profits of the major power companies
- Reform food label laws, leading to less misleading information for consumers
Animal Justice Party
- The party has a plethora of policies they promote, ranging from animals to the environment and also the progression of human rights
- Their key animal policy – or one of – is to review the National Health and Medical Research Council and to give suitable funding for non-experimentation on animals
- To ensure that all commercial chemical products, including cleaning products and toiletries, are clearly labelled on whether they have been animal tested
- To phase-out the Australian Research Council and NHMRC funding of animal testing – Phil Logan