Why compete with the Greens?
We aren’t competing with the Greens. If you are a Green voter, then don’t change your vote we don’t want to take away from the party that has been fighting this issue for so long… We don’t need to win a massive proportion of the vote. Pauline Hanson has four senators with less than 4.5% of the vote. We are not after the Green vote – they’ve been fighting the abuse of refugees for years. The fact is though that they are currently getting on average 6 % – 8% of the vote and though a big player, they have no chance of ending this abuse on their own. The Green party is trying to be a major player. It is trying to form a government. It offers policy positions on a complete range of policies – on all issues. On the refugee issue they currently stand alone without support from either of the big parties. Labor and the Coalition meanwhile have given bi-partisan support for the abuse continuing and stand silently by whilst the greens get nowhere. The abuse continues for so long as Liberal or Labour, National or NXT supporters stay silent
We are distinguished from the Greens in that we are only putting forth policies on a small range of issues, primarily that of ending the present position of refugees in offshore detention, introducing honesty into politics – shock! – And introducing a Bill of Rights – since our politicians have proven so comprehensively that they can’t be trusted with looking after human values. If our politicians are capable of jailing other people’s children for years on end – to the point the children are attempting suicide – do you really want to trust them with yours? We need a Bill of Rights. Our children need a Bill of Rights.
What we are after is people that ordinarily vote for either the Liberal party the Labor party the National party or the NXT party. We think there are a lot of them – a lot that don’t want to vote Green but do want to do something about this if only they had the chance and we intend to be that chance. We are trying to get as little as 5 % of the electorate to swap from dutifully voting for their favoured party – either Liberal or Labour, National or NXT – in both Houses of Parliament – we don’t want or need anyone to change their effective vote – that is their vote in the House of Representatives, we want them to change their vote in the Senate only. We want their protest vote.
By doing this it makes no difference to whether or not your favourite party gets into power but it does make a major difference to the position of refugees. That small act – the willingness to protest through your Senate vote – has the power to end the abuse. This involves people, Liberal or Labour, National or NXT, protesting their party’s support for abusive practices against refugees offshore and the shame this brings to Australia in the eyes of the international community – without deserting their party in the place that forms government – the House of Representatives.
Your saying “no to the abuse of refugees” is important because it is squarely on that “no” that the fate of these poor people depends. They need your creative vote. You are the difference.
Your willingness to do this makes all the difference.
YOUR PROTEST VOTE IS BOTH THEIR MEANS OF SALVATION AND AUSTRALIA’S – TO GET OUR NATIONAL PRIDE BACK.
Our politicians must be told that their abuse is done without our consent – that it is “Not in our name!”