Although we would most likely never see these parties leading the country in full, their input with preference leanings will make a difference in parliament as to what does and does not become legislation. Here is a quick look at what each of the minor parties want for Australia.
This election, the Nationals leader is Michael McCormack. The National Party are attempting to hold onto 16 Lower House seats, several of which are held with very slim margins. The country-based party has many internal issues and is certainly at risk of losing seats.
One of the biggest issues the party has to break through to get any seats is the sexual harassment mess left behind by former party leader Barnaby Joyce.
The main element of their campaign relates to water. The Nationals are a heavily rural influenced party and the water situation in the Murray Darling Basin and their stance on the situation has infuriated rural communities and irrigators who feel hard done by.
If the Nationals can convince country voters they aren't being taken for a ride then it could mean some of the safer seats are kept in their grasp. However, this usually takes a familiar face as their preferred party leader, and Michael McCormack might just not cut it.
One nation policies will cover subjects like:
- Affordable Energy and Cost of Living
- Asylum Seekers and Refugees
- Australian Jobs and Infrastructure
- Baby Formula Shortage
- Bringing Back Australian Values
- Citizen Initiated Referenda
- Climate Change
- Family Law and Child Support
- Farming and Water
- Foreign Ownership
- Higher Education
- Immigration and the Rule of Law
- Medicinal Cannabis
- Politicians and their Perks
- Radical Islamic Terrorism
- Responsible Firearms Ownership and Use
- Rorting of Services
- Tax—Foreign Owned Multinationals
- The Ice Epidemic
- Timely Payment
- United Nations and Trade Agreements
- Water Security
KATTER’S AUSTRALIAN PARTY
Katter’s policies cover:
- Economy & Industry
- Opposition to the carbon tax and emission trading schemes.
- Support for alternative energy such as ethanol and solar energy.
- Legislate to limit Woolworths and Coles duopoly to 22.5% market share each.
- Marriage to remain as a union between a man and a woman.
- Halt any privatisation and renationalise privatised assets.
- All government spending on goods to be on Australian products where possible.
- Ensure that any construction contracts undertaken using Australian government funds will use Australian steel.
- Prevent the extraction of coal seam gas within three kilometres of an aquifer.
- Every motor vehicle purchased under a government contract to be Australian-made.
- All clothing for armed forces, police, and prisons to be manufactured in Australia.
- First Australians
- Rural & Regional