Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hilton Travis - Lead Queensland Senate Candidate - Secular Party of Australia

Just in case you've not yet found out, I am the lead Senate Candidate for Queensland for the Secular Party of Australia.  Yes, I figured it was time to put my money where my mouth was and make a stand, giving people the opportunity to let me represent secular, humanist, equal opportunity rights in the Australian Federal Parliament.

So, feel free to head on over to my Facebook Page to see what I'm up to, the Secular Party of Australia site to see hat we stand for, and if you feel so inclined, a donation to the party with "CND-QLD-Hilton" or a generic donation to the Party would be greatly appreciated.

Now, some quick points on our electoral system - preferential voting.
  • If you are completely happy with a major party (Greens, Labor, Liberals), then Vote 1 your major party of choice.
  • If you are not completely happy with the major parties, then Vote 1 the minor party who best represents what you consider will be the best path forward for Australia, Vote 2 the next party who best represents your views and all the way down to the party who least represents your views
  • By voting 1 minor, and then 2 (or lower) a major party, this ensures your vote gets the most value for a number of reasons, namely
    • You give your minor party of choice a chance to actually represent your views in Australian Government
    • You serve the major parties notice that you are not overly happy with their policies and/or directions and/or performance to date
    • You give the minor party of your choice a chance to gain some electoral funding - once a Candidate receives 4% of the primary votes (in the Senate, the group needs to receive 4% of primary votes), they/the Party will receive $2.48800 per first preference vote.  For a minor party, this is a significant boost as they are generally at least heavily funded out of the pockets of the Candidates themselves.
  • Only 5% of Australians vote below the line in the Senate.  By voting above the line, you give that party the ability to distribute preferences as they see fit.  So, Voting 1 Secular Party in the Senate will enable the Secular Party to distribute preferences - our preferences will be detailed on our website as soon as possible after being notified of all Candidates running in the Federal Election.
  • Voting 1 for a minor party is not a wasted vote - it enables your vote to same numerous things


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