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Off to the polling booth on Saturday... The big question is 'How do I allocate preferences?'
In our last E-News we covered voting and preferences. Read that E-News here.
Filling in your ballot paper
On the GREEN House of Representatives ballot paper, you must fill in EVERY square.
On the WHITE Senate paper - you can vote in two ways:
EITHER put a '1' for your chosen party ABOVE the line
OR number EVERY square if you vote BELOW the line!
Voting in the Senate
This email deals with voting in the Senate - and assesses both options.
If you are planning to vote BELOW the line, PLEASE print out a ballot paper and decide on HOW you will number it BEFORE going to the polling booth.
Fill in YOUR preferences at home.
* Ballot paper - at the AEC website - click here.
THEN take YOUR document into the polling booth with you and COPY your pre-determined numbers onto the BALLOT PAPER.
A colleague has told us that he did a pre-poll vote and found it almost physically impossible to DECIDE on 'below the line' preferences, and manage the large ballot paper, when actually at the polling booth.
Voting ABOVE the LINE
If you plan to just vote 'ABOVE the line' for a 'Party' you MUST find out where the PREFERENCE flow will go.
If you vote ABOVE the line, and your chosen 'candidate' does not get elected, then the PREFERENCE flow of your vote is determined by that political party.
The Group Voting Tickets tell you HOW the parties have allocated their 'preference flows'.
For the OFFICIAL AEC Group Voting Tickets - click here THEN choose your state and click on 'Group Voting Tickets'.
Family Voice Analysis:
If you want to vote ABOVE the LINE, and don't have time to read more, please go this VERY helpful analysis by Family Voice. They consider WHERE the preference flow goes, in EVERY State and Territory, if a '1' is placed in the box for Liberal/National or for Labor or for one of the small Christian parties - Australian Christians, CDP, DLP, Family First and Rise Up Australia. They then advise where it is 'safe' to vote above the line!
If you're not happy with the 'preference flow', then vote BELOW the line!
Family Voice Guide: How should we vote in the 7 September federal election?
Peter Newland's Summary Chart
Charts listing the parties in approximate order from conservative to the Greens have been prepared by Peter Newland - they also list the 'GROUP VOTING TICKETS' by Party (not candidate) to give a quick overview.
There are Charts for Victoria and Queensland - if you live in other states, use these as a Guide.
- Preference flow Summary Chart for Victoria
- Preference flow Summary Chart for Queensland
Helpful website - "Below the Line"
A very helpful website that shows you HOW the preferences flow is called 'Below the Line'.
- Select your location or electoral division. Click Search/Go.
- The House of Representatives candidates (with their parties) AND the current State Senators are then shown.
Use this page to decide your preferences for your House of Representatives division.
- For the Senate ballot paper and preferences, click on 'View preferences'.
- This shows two copies of the Senate candidates in BALLOT order.
- The major parties are SHADED to make it easy to identify them.
We will use the 'Ballot editor' box later... in the 'Voting BELOW the Line' section.
- Use the drop down box to select the party whose Group Voting Ticket you want to view.
- These are also in BALLOT order.
- Select another party using the right hand column if you want to compare preference flows.
- If you are happy with the preference flow of your chosen party, you might decide to vote 'above the line'.
- Print a copy of the proposed ballot if you want to vote below the line and alter preferences.
Message and video from John Anderson
You may have seen the video and email released by John Anderson, former leader of The Nationals. Click here.
In the video John warns that, because of the deals done by some of the minor parties to attract votes, your ABOVE THE LINE vote could give 'unexpected results' and mean your vote goes to someone you wouldn't even think of voting for!
The written text refers to the Queensland Senate and says:
" * A vote for Palmer is a vote for the Greens.
* A vote for Katter is a vote for Labor.
* A vote for the Family First and other minor Christian parties (except for Australian Christians and Rise Up) is a vote for KAP's pro gay marriage James Blundell in the Senate."
This last statement does apply to Family First and the DLP.
We are thankful this last statement has been changed - initially the 'except' clause wasn't there.
Australian Christians and Rise Up Australia made statements saying they had preferenced the Liberal National Party BEFORE KAP's James Blundell.
In fact, Australian Christians have preferenced the LNP's No 4 candidate, David Goodwin, a pro-life and pro-family man, at third place on their Queensland GVT!
Voting BELOW the LINE
If you plan to vote BELOW the LINE you must work out your OWN preferences.
We've included SEVERAL helpful tools to assist you in deciding your Senate preferences ...
1. Family Voice Survey
Yesterday we gave you information about using Family Voice's survey to assist in allocating your preferences.
Once you go the Survey Results for the Senate, select your State. Then right click on the page and 'Print'.
Some parties did not respond or provided a 'No Comment' so use this with other sources!
2. Categorising the parties and analysing preferences - a QUICK Guide!
Peter Newland, a colleague in Melbourne, has prepared a VERY helpful chart for Victoria - and now one for Queensland - that does two things. The Charts
Peter points out that voting for a small Party BEFORE the major parties tells them you aren't totally happy with them - it also means they don't get $2 for your vote (all parties getting more than 4% get $2 per vote!) In essence, he says that, if you want to support a small party/parties, then you should think of voting 'Good/Big/Bad'. In the 'Good category, ONLY include candidates that you would WANT to see elected to the parliament!
The Chart rates the parties, in a similar way to the Christian Values Checklist, from Christian/conservative on the left side to the Greens and Sex Party on the right side. In most states, there are TWO ROWS of data, so scroll down the document!
THEN the preferences flows for EACH of the parties is summarised by PARTY (ie the Party flow is shown, NOT the individual candidates).
This can help with easily seeing the Preference flows - even if you plan to vote ABOVE the line. However, the great value is when you vote BELOW the line as the party and preferences can be seen at a glance.
The Charts and an 'Overview' document are attached.
Brief information is also provided on the Charts.
3. Using the 'Below the Line' BALLOT EDITOR to sort your preferences.
On the Below the Line website, choose your DIVISION/Location, then choose 'Ballot Editor' on top right.
You can then personalise a Ballot Paper - 'By Group' or 'By Candidate'.
You can choose a Group from the Drop-down list.
THEN drag and drop names to form your OWN LIST AND PRINT!
Peter Newland suggests:
"Use the CHARTS to help choose a vote "Above The Line", or use the CHART to decide your own order of Groups to vote for below the line. If you live in other states use the Vic/Qld Charts as a Guide.
To make that easy, go to belowtheline.org.au,: enter you address or postcode or DIVISION; when you are sure that the map that comes up with "This is where we think you are:" is correct, press [Use This Location], then press [Ballot Editor for (your electorate)] and drag and drop the House of Representatives candidates into the order you want them, do the same for the Senate (By Groups), then press [Save] and [Download PDF] so you can print out your own personalised how to vote guide."
If you read to here, WELL DONE!
NOW it's time to DECIDE YOUR VOTE!
After all the policies, the spin, the debates and the opinion polls, there is just one thing that actually matters - your VOTE on Saturday 7 September.
This election will determine the future of our nation - so it is vital that you use your vote very carefully.
This E-News looks at how a vote is cast, as well as how the vote is counted and how preferences work.
Plus a helpful tool from Family Voice to help work out your Senate (and other) preferences.
Tomorrow, we will have an email with some MORE helpful tools to assist you in allocating your preferences, particularly in the Senate.
You've probably already heard that Kevin Rudd was asked a question on last night's Q & A about same-sex 'marriage'. He claimed people are 'born gay' and related it to slavery.
The question was asked by Pastor Matt Prater from Brisbane - Matt is the Chairman of the National Day of Prayer and Fasting.
There is already a lot of talk about this. . . see the range of media reports.
This email provides you with the ACTUAL question and answer exchange from Q&A .... followed by Peter's comment on Facebook, which shows the TRUTH of the issue and exposes Kevin Rudd's flawed reasoning.
The Australian Christian Values Institute's Media Releases critique Mr Rudd's support for same-sex 'marriage'.
Media Release: Kevin Rudd Gets Both Science and the Bible Wrong - 3 Sept, 2013.
Media Release: Kevin ‘Judas’ Rudd's Shameless Betrayal - 16 Aug 2013.
One way of finding out WHAT your Member in the House of Representatives and your State Senators STAND FOR is to look at HOW THEY VOTED on a range of moral issues.
Family Life International has provided an excellent resource that shows how MPs and Senators have voted on five key Bills considered by the federal Parliament.
They say, "The following are 5 ‘non-negotiable’ issues to help you narrow down the list of acceptable candidates.
1. Abortion 2. Euthanasia 3. Embryonic Stem Cell Research 4. Human Cloning
5. Homosexual ‘Marriage’.
We should avoid, to the greatest extent possible, voting for candidates who endorse or promote intrinsically evil policies. As far as possible, we should vote for those who promote policies in line with the moral law."
The Voting Guides ALSO show you which female Labor MPs/Senators are members of EMILY'S LIST (pro-abortion group) and which MPs/Senators are members of the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development - a group that lobbies for population reduction and anti-life policies.
Go to http://www.fli.org.au/
Click on the GREEN document for the HOUSE OF REPS MEMBERS (or direct link)
and on the RED document for the SENATE (or direct link).
With just one week to go until the federal election, we are focusing on the election.
In this Election Update, we urge you to pray about the upcoming election - and provide Prayer Points from the Australian Prayer Network.
Secondly, we provide links to a range of Checklists and Surveys prepared for Christians by various groups - and provide some comment about where one needs to be careful in reading them.
NO Checklist or Survey is 'perfect' and we encourage you to check out Party policies and the views of candidates for yourself.
See our previous emails/posts for more on those - on the '2013 Federal Election' page on our website.
Thirdly, a number of news items about the election. Finally I've provided a Briefing on electoral fraud and what can be done about it. Are people really voting multiple times???
Next week we will have emails about PREFERENCES and GROUP VOTING TICKETS - how to actually make your vote effective.
May God guide you as you assess the information and prepare to vote.
Click 'Read more' to read the Election Update.