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28 Nov 2014
NSW Liberal Democrat Senator, David Leyonhjelm, has introduced a same-sex ‘marriage’ Bill to the federal Senate. He had previously announced his intention to put forward a Bill to legalise homosexual ‘marriage’ – but it had been anticipated he would not do so unless the Coalition Party Room agreed to a ‘conscience vote’ for Coaltion MPs.
PLEASE VOTE: Channel 9 is conducting a poll – click here to vote NO.
The question: “Do you support the latest push to legalise same sex marriage in Australia?”
The Bill, titled the Freedom to Marry Bill 2014, would allow any two people to marry regardless of "sex, sexual orientation and gender identity" (subject to the current restraints already in the Marriage Act)’.
Ironically, the subtitle of the Bill claims it is a Bill to “reduce government intervention in marriage”!
He claims that the Bill will give non-government religious and civil celebrants the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
This is our FINAL email regarding the Victorian election. Please pray about the outcome.
The only thing LEFT to do is VOTE!
When you go to the polling booth to vote, you should already know HOW you are going to vote!
Yes, I know people will be handing out ‘How to Vote’ cards – but we suggest that you take with you a printed version of your ballot paper for both the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council that is ALREADY filled in with your proposed vote. You can then just COPY your preferences onto the REAL BALLOT PAPER!
Filling in a ‘sample ballot’ is especially important it you plan to vote BELOW the LINE in the Legislative Council. More advice on doing that – see below.
Getting a ‘sample ballot’ . . .
Alternatively, for the Legislative Council, use the Group Voting Ticket document for your Region – these LOOK LIKE the actual Ballot Paper you will receive at the polling booth.
Choose the Party you most like and print that page/s out – if you want to vote BELOW the line, just ALTER the preferences to suit how YOU WANT TO VOTE!
THIRDLY, you could use the FamilyVoice SURVEY which lists candidates in Ballot Order - click here.
One advantage with this is that the SCORES received by the candidates on the FamilyVoice survey are shown – this is not always definitive - as the DLP received '0' because they didn't complete the survey!
If you don’t know your District or Region, click here to check your enrolmentt.
Voting ABOVE or BELOW the Line in the Legislative Council
Voting ABOVE the line means placing a ‘1’ in the box of the party of your choice – preferences are then allocated according to the Party’s ‘Group Voting Ticket’.
You should ONLY do this if you are confident of the way they have allocated their preferences! [More details in our post on VOTING # 6 ]
However, we found that there were some surprises at the last federal election – with some parties allocating high preferences to small parties they thought had no chance of getting elected – like the ‘Motoring Enthusiasts Party’! In this election there is the one-issue 'People Power – No Smart Meters' group...
FamilyVoice has provided some helpful advice:
Peter Stevens writes,
“A few weeks ago, three pro-family parties – the DLP, Australian Christians and Rise Up Australia – announced that they would preference each other first, before preferencing other parties. Or that’s what we thought they meant. In fact, they have preferenced each other fairly high up, but in several cases have preferenced one or two other minor parties ahead of pro-family parties.”
He asks, “So is it safe to vote “1” in a box above the line for a pro-family party?”
The answer is ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Maybe’ depending on WHICH party you want to put as No 1!
It comes down to HOW the Party has allocated their preferences in their Group Voting Tickets. More of Peter’s response and advice BELOW…
Summaries of Group Voting Tickets
The official Group Voting Tickets are on the VEC website – click here.
Choose your REGION and scroll through to look at how each party allocates their preferences!
Last week we sent out Peter Newland’s summary of the GVTs – by Party – for Eastern Metropolitan. Peter has now completed these summaries for ALL EIGHT REGIONS.
These EIGHT summaries are listed and linked below.
These documents show the preference flow of each party – BY PARTY, not by listing all candidates in every party. This means it can all be condensed onto a single page.
Peter has simplified this by JUST INCLUDING ONE page – which shows the parties in a ‘Conservative order’, placing the most conservative parties (according to Peter’s assessment of their preference flow) on the LEFT of the Chart …
Note:These are very helpful, though there are some anomalies – if a party splits their preferences for one of the parties, then it is difficult to analyse in such a table. For instance, in Eastern Metropolitan, Rise Up Australia Party gave a high preference to the Liberals’ Richard Dalla-Riva, who is pro-life, but listed at Number 3 on the Coalition ticket, then preferenced Labor before the other two Liberal candidates. On Peter’s FIRST summary chart, their preference flow showed Labor before Liberal.
Peter has now altered the algorithm to reflect this and RE-DONE the Eastern Metropolitan document which shows RUAP preferencing Liberal BEFORE Labor.
+ Eastern Metropolitan GVT Summary - version 2
+ Northern Metropolitan GVT Summary
+ South-East Metropolitan GVT Summary
+ South Metropolitan GVT Summary
+ Western Metropolitan GVT Summary
+ Eastern Victoria GVT Summary
+ Northern Victoria GVT Summary
+ Western Victoria GVT Summary
Have a look at your Region – and check the preferences for your favoured Party – if you are happy with them then you could vote ‘1’ above the line for that party.
The ABC has also published longer ‘Group Voting Ticket summaries’ – click here.
Back to the question – “So is it safe to vote ABOVE the line?”
“In some regions it may be – you would need to check the voting tickets in your region to see if you agree with the order chosen by your preferred party (see ABC page).
“But to be safe – and to ensure that your vote does not end up electing someone from an obscure party with only one policy (like People Power – No Smart Meters), we advise you to number your own preferences below the line.
Don’t be alarmed – you don’t need to fill in ALL 40-odd boxes if you don’t want to [you have to number at least 5, but number MORE than that!].
“Keep it simple, and number the candidates in a pro-family party first. You could then number candidates in other pro-family parties, but make sure you put all the candidates in the major party of your choice next. You can then stop numbering – it doesn’t matter after that. . .”
For our Victorian election webpage with ALL our election posts – click here.
Our final post on the Victorian election will be emailed TOMORROW – Thursday. It will cover preparing your vote BEFORE going to the polling booth - Group Voting Tickets - and voting ABOVE or BELOW the line in the Legislative Council. We’ll also include all the GVT summaries prepared by Peter Newland.
A few important issues
Over the past few weeks we have covered a number of issues that are important to Christians in the upcoming Victorian election – particularly religious freedom and homosexual rights. Here we cover euthanasia, abortion and liberty in more detail…
A number of groups that specialise in particular issues have provided material that help us know MORE about party polices and candidates…
Contacting your candidates!
Of course, there is NOTHING like ASKING your candidates, in BOTH Houses, exactly what their views are!
Click here for candidate lists for both Houses – with phone and email contacts.
Read more about these issues - click here to continue reading.
25 Nov 2014
Prior to every election, FamilyVoice conducts a SURVEY of political parties and ALL candidates – asking them TEN questions on key issues. The issues include prayer in parliament, drugs, poker machines, religious freedom, same-sex adoption and the ‘Safe Schools Coalition’…
The RESULTS of the survey have now been published
- click here for ALL RESULTS.
RESULTS are available for
- Political parties (click on each question for the party responses)
- Candidates for the Legislative Assembly (choose your District)
- Candidates for the Legislative Council (choose your Region)
If you don’t KNOW your District or Region, click here to check your enrolment details on the VEC website.
Three political parties received 100 - Australian Christians, Rise Up Australia and Family First.
Liberal/Nationals received 49 and the Greens 25. Labor received ZERO because they didn’t respond. The results are quite similar to the Christian Values Checklist.
Some candidates provide their OWN responses – and don’t rely on the ‘Party response’. If they don’t, then they are allocated the ‘party response’ as a score.
Make SURE you know HOW you will vote BEFORE going to the polling booth.
Print out two ballot papers (use FamilyVoice survey or the GVTs) and FILL in a ‘sample vote’ at home! See our Voting post for more info.
In 2003 there was a major survey, of around 20,000 people, in Australia – called the Australian Study of Health and Relationships – or ‘Sex in Australia’. Researchers questioned people about SEX… Lead researcher, Professor Juliet Richters, has been involved in a wide range of research topics about sex, including homosexuality and prostitution.
We have a copy of the 2003 report, and often refer to it. It found that “Among men, 97.4% identified as heterosexual, 1.6% as gay or homosexual and 0.9% as bisexual. Among women, 97.7% identified as heterosexual, 0.8% as lesbian or homosexual and 1.4% as bisexual.” (Source)
Click here for a list of publications from the 2003 survey.
The NEW SURVEY
Ten years on, the researchers have completed a second study. The survey again asked around 20,000 people (with a 66% participation rate of those asked) very involved and very personal questions – about commitment, infidelity, frequency of sex, pornography, time online, etc. It also asks about homosexuality.
The data was collected by November 2013 and analysis of the data began – the first reports of the Study have just been published in the Journal, Sexual Health.
The article at the SMH (link below) has a ‘slide show’ at the top which gives some of the questions, responses and statistics.
A warning… the questions and responses, and descriptions of the research are quite EXPLICIT.
Click here to read the rest of the article - with links to the study and some key results...