Grahame Gould is standing for the Australian Christians, Mitchell Sambell for Rise Up Australia, and Lisa Cole for the Nationals.

What do these parties stand for?


The Australian Christian Party

The Australian Christian Party, not unsurprisingly, believe in policy built from Biblical principles. They also believe in family centered policy and economics.

This means most of their policies are shaped in their impact on the family unit. They do not support same sex marriage instead believing in supporting marriage, “rather than redefining it.” This extends to divorce, believing reuniting the parents where possible is of the greatest benefit to the children involved.

Economically, they believe in an open market with less restriction on trade practices. They support the right of small business owners to negotiate pay and benefits with employees, recognising they do not have the same resources as bigger businesses.

Australian Christians believe in default ISP internet censorship, or filtering, to protect children from “harmful adult content.” Those wishing to remove the filter must ‘opt in’ to see the adult content. They support a review of the media classification standards and a “clearly defined censorship and media classification policy.”

Australian Christians believe in a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to drugs, rather than harm minimisation. They want to investigate raising the drinking age to 21 and support lockout times.

Australian Christians do not support abortion or euthanasia. They believe euthanasia sends the message to the youth that is okay to kill yourself when things get hard. They believe IVF treatment should be limited to married couples, for the welfare of the children.

All of the Australian Christian Party policies are geared towards protecting the family unit and the children of the world, and in ‘Biblical’ principles.

The full list of policies, or values, can be found here.


Rise Up Australia

Rise Up Australia promises to “keep Australia Australian.” They promise to protect Aussie jobs, Aussie ownership, Aussie way of life, and Aussie customs.

Rise Up do not support “multiculturalism” but rather “a ‘multi-ethnic’ Australia where there are many races but ‘one culture.’” This means that people coming to Australia must ‘integrate’ into the Australian culture, where multiculturalism fosters further segregation – according to Rise Up.

Immigrants wanting to come to Australia will need to “integrate into our legal systems and cultures, or will be sent back to where they came from out of a genuine concern that they will not act in our national interests.”

Many of Rise Up’s policies are anti-Islamic, beginning with their freedom of religion policy. Rise Up believe in the freedom to practice religion “provided the religion is tolerant of other religions.” This doesn’t include practicing Muslims for them.

“Islam, for example, is one religion which opposes the right to assemble and worship other gods and it vigorously fights to destroy or kill such people.”

Rise Up do not believe in Global Warming, declaring that “scientists” need to “keep the whole population scared” about Climate Change. The new name, according to Rise Up, is part of the scare and they dismiss the credentials of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In education, Rise Up believe in equal funding for government and state schools, funding direct to schools to manage, a national anti-bullying campaign, more anti-bullying power in the hands of principals, a national curriculum (including the history of Western civilisation, Aboriginal history, and our “Judeo-Christian history”), removal of compulsory secondary languages, and an increase in salary for the top 10% of teachers. They also believe in complete transparency, achieved through a website called “My School” where schools would be “forced” to publish information about their results academically and financially.

In order to “protect Australia” Rise Up believe in limiting foreign ownership of Australian assets, including the media to help “repay our foreign debt” and “reduce the influence of overseas organisations on Australia’s domestic policies and assets.”

Rise Up Australia support the definition of marriage as outlined in the Marriage Act 2004 – being between a man and a woman. They believe a child should have both a male and a female parents, and to know who those parents are.

Rise Up policy principles also include:

-          Establishing “full employment and fair wages as central tenets”

-          To reform State and Federal Parliaments and processes so they are “true sovereign policy makers”

-          To make sure that banks and services “serve the national interests of Australian people”

-          To create a “logical and fair taxation system,” that “favours producers of real wealth”

-          To improve the “adversarial legal system” and to oppose dual legal systems (including Sharia Law)

-          To eliminate “counter-productive welfare payments” while maintaining an “adequate social security system”

-          Not supporting euthanasia and abortion

More details can be found here.



The Nationals

The Nationals are oft considered the junior partner of the Coalition though the relationship and Coalition partners – The Liberal Party, Country Liberal Party (NT) and Liberal-National Party, a conjoining of state Liberal and National party branches, (QLD) – differs from state to state.

In WA it is a loose affiliation between the two conservative parties rather than the more formal arrangements that exist in other states.

As a party that aims to represent the regional areas of Australia their focus is less metro centric than most, if not all, major parties in Australia.

They place an emphasis on building strong and sustainable regional economies and communities to deliver prosperity and sustainability to the regional Australia.

In WA their keynote policy has been the Royalties for Regions program though shifts in how it is spent and an unclear position on the contentious fracking issue has created some difficulties for Nationals candidates in election 2016.