A federal election to determine all 226 members of the 45th Parliament of Australia will take place on Saturday 2 July 2016 after an extended eight-week official campaign period. It is the first double dissolution since the 1987 election.

Elections in Australia use a full-preferential system in one vote, one value single-member seats for the 150-member House of Representatives (lower house) and is changing from full-preferential group voting tickets to an optional-preferential single transferable vote system of proportional representation in the 76-member Senate (upper house). Voting is compulsory.

By Westminster convention, but subject to constitutional constraints, the decision as to the type of election and its date is for the prime minister, who advises the governor-general to set the process in motion by dissolving the lower or both house(s) and issuing writs for election.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_federal_election,_2016

2016-05-28 Election 2016

Sex & Marijuana Parties To Share Joint Senate Tickets

A New Socially Progressive Coalition Emerges The Australian Sex Party and the Marijuana (HEMP) Party have reached an historic agreement to win seats at the coming federal election. The parties will share joint tickets in a number of states in an effort to win the last two Senate seats in each jurisdiction. Under the new Senate voting rules the last two seats in many states are an unknown quantity.

Details of the new coalition will be announced at the Sex/Marijuana (HEMP) Party Queensland Senate launch, this Sunday in Brisbane.

The new coalition will appeal strongly to voters with its socially progressive and economically prudent policies. The agreement would appear to be the first of its kind between minor parties in Australian politics and is in line with the urging of political commentators like Antony Green, following the new voting laws.

The parties will combine their resources and votes in Queensland, Tasmania, SA, WA, NT and the ACT. In NSW the parties will run separate tickets but will preference each other.
Australian Sex Party leader and Victorian Upper House member, Fiona Patten, said the arrangement created a new and exciting progressive coalition for Australia, that would give voters a real alternative to the dry and regressive policies of the three major parties.

‘The major parties have not delivered on so many important progressive social reforms and as a result, Australia looks like the Hermit Kingdom of the southern hemisphere”, she said. ‘Dying with dignity, marriage equality, legal medical Cannabis and legal recreational Cannabis have all had their advocates in the major parties but nothing has happened. The same is true for taxing the church, prison reform, standardised abortion laws, humane processing of asylum seekers and access to affordable legal aid”.

Ms Patten pointed to her record of getting socially progressive issues off the ground in Victoria since becoming a member of the Victorian Upper House in late 2014. ‘Progressive minor parties have a real ability to push the traditional parties forward. If elected to the Senate we will change Australia’s social environment to more like those of progressive European countries and the more progressive US states’, she said.

Marijuana (HEMP) Party spokesperson, Andrew Kavasilas said that Cannabis was the most widely used illicit drug in Australia. ‘We’re calling for a meaningful approach to medical Cannabis that addresses the concerns and needs of hundreds of thousands of Australians currently using it for medical purposes’ he said. ‘Successive governments have continually avoided our farmers as they called for hemp seed food approval to allow them to access international markets. We want to be involved in the political discussions about how Australia regulates and taxes an ongoing Cannabis industry worth a reported $5 billion a year.’

Almost half of all Australians have used Cannabis at some point. ‘The nation’s pot smokers want to be treated in the same way as the nation’s drinkers’, he said. ‘Responsible use within a legal, regulated framework would empty Australia’s jails and put billions of dollars into the economy as has happened in Colorado and other US states. If marijuana were to replace alcohol as the major social tonic in society, there would be less aggression on the streets, lower road tolls, less domestic violence, better sleeping patterns, more creative work output and less vomit on the streets’.

He also said that Marijuana (HEMP) Party supporters had pioneered medical Cannabis in Australia over 30 years ago and had brought the issue to the forefront of Australian politics. ‘The major parties will continue to stall on medical Cannabis even though they are all nodding their heads’ he said. ‘Like gay marriage and taxing religion they all know that the majority of people want it but they can’t let go of their old attitudes. If we are elected, the SEX/HEMP coalition will make them wake up to themselves in ways they would never have dreamed of’.

Fiona Patten said that she would be in attendance at the launch along with journalist, blogger and Board Member of the Rationalist Society of Australia, Hugh Harris. Also in attendance will be Sex Party lead Senate candidate, Robin Bristow, Marijuana (HEMP) Party candidate Michael Harding and Sex Party candidate, Kirsty Patten.

Launch of the SEX/HEMP Joint Ticket Campaign and Queensland Senate Campaign: Sunday, 29 May 2016 at 10:00 AM :Mantra Hotel – 161 Grey Street, Southbank, Brisbane.


Reference: https://australianhempparty.com/3584/sex-marijuana-parties-share-joint-senate-tickets

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2016-05-26 Election 2016

Independent Riverina candidate Richard Foley wants to hand power back to the people

A Wagga man is determined to hand democracy back to the people.

Independent candidate for the federal seat of the Riverina Richard Foley has come up with a bold plan to give constituents a voice in the parliament.

Mr Foley said our elected representatives should represent the people, not lead them.

If elected, he will work with experts to develop an app that will let residents have their say directly to their elected representative.

“The little people need to take the power back,” Mr Foley said.

“If I’m elected, I will work with (information technology) experts to develop a voting app.

“Through this use of technology, I hope to engage the public and help make the residents of Riverina the most politically involved electorate in Australia, and set an example for every other elected Member of Parliament to follow, if they dare to actually support real democracy.”

He also wants to stand up for youth issues, including the ice epidemic plaguing the country.
“The two major parties don’t offer a genuine choice,” Mr Foley said.

“Both leaders are a bit on the nose (to the generation population).”

The 47-year-old wants the next government to establish a national integrity body to hold all industries to account, not just a focus on unions.

The little people need to take the power back.

  • Independent candidate for Riverina Richard Foley

Mr Foley is against the increasing foreign ownership of land.

“I’m a single parent and I wonder what the future holds for my daughter.

“What are we going to leave for future generations?

“We’re selling off assets to pay off debt.

“There has to be another way.”

Mr Foley indicated he would not be asking voters to preference their votes to any of the other candidates.

“Vote for whoever you want,” he said.

Mr Foley is hoping for community support to fuel his campaign.

Anyone interested can go here to view Mr Foley’s policies.

Mr Foley has worked in the construction industry for more than 20 years – recently working on the Wagga Marketplace expansion.

See: http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/3929958/independent-candidate-wants-to-give-the-power-back-to-you/

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