There’s A Party For Everyone

photo credit: Nikita Kashner

Since I have to vote in this year’s Australian Federal election (my bid to be removed from the electoral roll failed),  I decided to try to enjoy the process as much as possible.  This is made somewhat easier by the ridiculous names of the parties competing for a senate seat in my home town and no doubt elsewhere in Australia too.

In the Senate ballot apart from the usual suspects – Labor, Liberal and Greens, I have the choice to choose a member from the following, sometimes hilarious sounding, parties:

No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics – obviously not up to date on the current scientific literature.

Voluntary Euthanasia

Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) party – nice acronym there guys

The Wikileaks Party – their sole aim is to get Julian Assange a senate seat, which he won’t be able to hold cause he is currently holded up in a Ecuadoran embassy.

Rise Up Australia Party – a we hate muslims party. Nice. Not.

Future Party

Sex Party – despite the name these guys actually have a fairly comprehensive platform

Australian Fishing & Lifestyle Party

Stop the Greens – wow, looks like someone hates to see any attempt to preserve the environment for future generations

Smokers Rights – someone is annoyed that you can no longer smoke in pubs & restaurants

Bullet Train for Australia

Australian Protectionist Party

Animal Justice Party

Family First Party – like all the other parties are ignoring ‘working families’.  Not.

Stable Population Party – a stop having children & cut down on immigration party.

One Nation – the main we hate immigrants party.

Shooters & Fishers

Stop CSG – umm, what does CSG even mean?

Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting)

Pirate Party – I would dearly love to vote for these guys, but given how disorganised they are in Germany, I don’t have confidence that they aren’t the same in Oz

Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party

As you can see most of them are one issue parties, which is not what I want from a senator.  I want the party that represents me to have well-thought out positions on a range of political topics. Still they do allow you to have a bit of a chuckle as you wrestle with the 99cm long ballot paper (yes, I measured it).

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4 thoughts on “There’s A Party For Everyone

  1. I love a good party, but we just don’t have one !!!
    We should all be very careful who we vote for, as the black holes just might hide things they don’t want us to see until after the election.
    Who can believe anything any of them say.
    Like a child who has learnt how to respond to a parent, they only tell us what they know we want to hear.
    After the election, the smoke and mirrors will leave us all with tears in our eyes and bleeding from the cuts.
    Those who survive the 2013 election campaign will envy those who perished in it.

    In the meantime, we can only hope for the best and make sure the beer’s cold.



    • As far as I know there is no website like the Wahl-o-mat for Australia.

      In the Deutsch Wahl-o-mat, my top three were Die Linke, Grüne und Piraten Partei. I’m not surprised by these results.

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